Saturday, February 14, 2009

Back at NYU - Chemo Cycle 3 Begins

Well after an awesome week at home, we brought Isabella back to the hospital to begin her third cycle of chemotherapy. The worst part of today was that they had to reaccess her port, but it wasn't nearly as bad as in the past because we put some numbing cream over the area an hour before they accessed (they access the port with a 3/4 inch needle through her skin and into the port that was implanted in her chest). Honestly, the worst part is Isabella's anxiety because she remembered the past accesses. She cried and cried up until they accessed her, but once they poked through, she was fine and smiling!

Our weeks of practicing swallowing pills also paid off because she took the temodar pills with no problems! Her dose changed from 2 to 3 pills, but she was still able to take them with no problems. The nurses were so impressed with Isabella because the last two cycles, she made such a fuss with the temodar it could take a couple of hours to get her to take the pills. This time, it took her about a minute to do all 3 and she did it during a commercial break of Charlie Brown Valentine.

We will probably be back home on Monday. We will give Isabella the rest of the temodar at home (day 3, 4, and 5), while we will come in to Hassenfeld Children's Clinic in New York on day 7 and day 14 for the vincristine. You can keep track of Isabella's treatment schedule with the link over to the left or by clicking here.

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  1. Praying and thinking of you all right now. Hoping that Isabella will be strong enough to make another visit to school and feels all of the love and prayers from so many strangers (like me) who are certain that God will hear our prayers and she will get better. God is so mighty and so powerful.


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