Abby's Journey Archive

Line placed, waiting for chemo

Abby's new central line is in and is looking great. She's been admitted to the pediatric hematology/oncology unit at Banner Desert, and is just waiting for a few tests before she starts her chemotherapy. The cycle will last 3-4 days, she'll be in a day for hydration, and then they will discharge her. We will wait a day or two to make sure the Topotecan is out of her system and then travel to Tucson for stem cells.

The new unit at BDMC is beautiful. It is so pleasant--lots of light, large rooms, (almost) real beds for parents to sleep in, showers in the bathrooms.

Please, please pray that the chemo will be effective and that she will tolerate it at least as well as she did last time. We'll keep everyone posted.

09:40 PM, 09 May 2005 by C. R. Oldham Permalink | Comments (0) | Attach Photo

Nighty night

We rousted Abby out of bed at 6:00 this morning, but she proved to be most cheerful and smiley. We loaded up and were off to our "home away from home." After check-in Debbie from Child Life came to see us and we had a lively chat just catching up.

I had a first today--they actually let me back in the OR when Abby went to sleep. She did great for the anesthetic.

And before we knew it, Dr. Janik was coming to get us. She needed a little Demerol post surgery but it immediately improved her disposition.. The new line is not in the middle of her chest like before, its off to the right side, and she is very happy with that.

We're just waiting for her to be released from recovery and we will be heading down to the new oncology unit.

04:56 PM, 09 May 2005 by C. R. Oldham Permalink | Comments (0) | Attach Photo