Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pretty Big Day Coming Up

Isabella finished up her second cycle of chemo on Friday with the last vincristine dose. Isabella has been doing very well over the last few days. She's felt great, been engaging, eating and drinking well (we just found out she loves a mint chocolate chip milkshake). She has been using "Mr. Righty" for practically everything and building up strength in her hand. She is also walking much better than before. She's still neutropenic (low white cells), so we are still very careful around her - for example, Nathaniel has a runny nose, so he will not be able to visit her tomorrow. We are planning on going back to Rusk on Monday to continue her physical therapy.

On Saturday, she is scheduled to get an MRI where we will see the effects of the chemo on the remaining cancer cells. We are hoping to see a great reduction in cancer cells and at worst, see no growth in those cells. We should know the results on Monday. Part of me wants to just get it over with and see the results, and part of me does not want to see the results. Part of me wants to hope for the best, while part of me wants to prepare for the worst and perhaps be pleasantly surprised. This constant emotional tug-of-war, as well as just the not knowing is mentally and emotionally exhausting. This is not an uncommon state that people experience. I just read an article where millions of people don't get routine physicals or go to the doctor just because they are scared to find something and would rather not know. It's not logical, but it is human nature.

So as soon we know, we'll let you know. Thanks for reading.


  1. Thank you for the updates. Know that you and your family are in our prayers. Find strength in all that love you and are praying for Isabella.

  2. I am excited to know the MRI result . I am sure it is a good one with all these physical improvements. What you are feeling right now is normal, anybody will feel the same too. Be strong. You ate always in my thoughts and prayers <:>

  3. Julienne I know you are a very good mom. Be strong also. All these sacrifices will be rewarded.

  4. Hey Roneil,
    I am looking forward to having Isabella back on the baseball field . Tell her I got faster this year and plan to win next time we race no more getting crushed !



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