Tuesday, September 15, 2009

1 down, only 1 more to go...

Chemo went fine today. It was a pretty quick visit, which was nice because I had the boys with me. Kaidan's counts are great...in fact, they are increasing her chemo to lower them a bit. We are going to try a yogurt regime to see if we can control some of her stomach issues.

I really cannot believe that we are almost done. It's an interesting mix of emotions. I know I've said it before, but I'm scared! I really worry about the future for Kaidan and our family. I think that this is something that will never, ever go away. It might get easier or become less constant, but it won't ever go away. The doctor assured me today that everything I'm feeling is completely normal. It will definitely be a different life for us when we don't have to run to the ER for a fever!! So, the plan is for an MRI the 12th of October to check on the progression of AVN in Kaidan's legs, IV chemo the morning of the 13th, and then surgery to remove her port that afternoon. Then, she'll take oral chemo until November 5th. After that she will have monthly blood draws for a year.

BIG PARTY...Saturday November 7th...open house from 6-9 p.m....more info soon!!! Please save this date if you can. We want lots of people to celebrate with us.

Monday, September 14, 2009

It's a Monday...

After Kaidan's blood counts dropped they shot right back up!! At last weeks blood draw her ANC was 3100. More than doubled from the week before. It's day 3 of school and she came home sick, but we're getting used to this constant stomach trouble. Chemo tomorrow...only 1 more to go after that!!!

BIG PARTY...Saturday November 7th...open house from 6-9 p.m....more info soon!!!

I'll update tomorrow after chemo.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

this week's blood counts...

Kaidan is doing well. Her ANC has dropped from over 3,000 2 weeks ago, to 2,500 last week to 1,400 this week...AAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH!!

I thought we had finally gotten her counts under control. Oh well, we'll keep our fingers crossed for no fevers and check her counts again next Wednesday.

The ducky derby was fun!! We didn't quite meet our goal, but we were very close. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped us out with that. I know times are really tough right now for everyone, so thanks to you all. I promise I won't ask for money from you all for awhile:)

The planning for our "end of chemo party" is well under way. It will be the evening of November 7th, that is a Saturday. Please save that date. We really want this to be a great celebration! It's a very exciting thing for us all and we want to share it with everyone who has been a part of our lives during this long journey.

I have many, many mixed emotions about the months coming up. I am so, so very glad that we are coming to the date when Kaidan will not have her central line and, soon after that, the day when she will no longer have pills to take every night. I am also so, so very nervous about what that will be like. It's impossible to understand unless you've experienced it, but it is a weird feeling, there are no words to really describe the many emotions you can feel all at once. The fact that she will have nothing going into her body to stop the cancer cells from growing is SCARY!! As much as I hate chemo, I hate cancer more. Anyway...enough about that. The end is near and we are SUPER EXCITED!! We hope that you will all be able to stop by our party and add some fun!!

I'll update next week after blood counts. Thanks again for all the support!!