Friday, May 13, 2011

Home Sweet Home!

After a relatively uneventful week of chemotherapy, Isabella is now home relaxing in front of the TV.  So far, her appetite hasn’t been affected yet and she hasn’t had any nausea.  She felt good enough to participate in several activities all week.  In previous cycles, she didn’t feel like doing anything during the chemo.  As you can see from the picture below, she felt good enough to at least walk part way from the hospital to Grand Central Terminal.

So our plan is to enjoy the weekend, and potentially go to school next week, depending on how her blood counts are.  Have a great weekend all and enjoy these pictures.

Isabella sits on her food tray to draw on the whiteboard in her room.


Although Isabella’s right leg is still weak and she’s unable to jump very high, she played hopscotch with her physical therapist.


Isabella plays “Sorry!” with a volunteer as her nurse checks the chemo hanging from her IV pole.


Isabella walks with mommy and grandma from the hospital, free from any tubes and poles!  Nathaniel is concentrating on Angry Birds on the iPad.

On our way home! :D

Monday, May 9, 2011

Another Round of Chemo

So we checked into NYU Medical Center today for another round of chemo.  We are using the same concoction from last month, which Isabella seemed to tolerate fairly well.  Her blood counts recovered relatively quickly compared to the chemo blend from the previous rounds.  This doesn’t necessarily mean the chemo is working less or more, but what it does do is allow us to start another round sooner than we had before.

In the last couple of weeks, we have noticed some signs that Isabella has gotten weaker physically.  This really has us worried because this could mean that the tumor is progressing.  This is why we were glad to get back in sooner rather than later to start the chemo.

So as far as this round is concerned, we should be done and going home on Friday, then we’ll stick to trying to avoid any fevers and infections that would land us back in the hospital.  Sadly, we are so used to being at the hospital that everything is practically routine at this point.  Hopefully, these next few days will fly by and it’ll be Friday before we know it.