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Ana’s Birthday is today!

July 27th, 2007

Well Ana turned 13 today!  A very excited little lady, finally a teenager.  Watching her grow as a person over the last year has been amazing…  Looking for those things that makes all girls “teenager” and those she chooses not to bother with it’s really cute!  

I’m told she’s too much like me as everything she wanted for her b-day could have been found at Best Buy! 

Things have been pretty quite around here lately. The last chemo went well she was more than willing to carry that bag of fluids around for 3 days afterwords.  Now hopefully with her MRI on Aug. 29th everything will go as planned.  The plan being that the tumor stays as it has been for the last 8 months about the size of a pea.  Some time ago Sara and I accepted that it’s not likely to be completely gone.  

Today we aren’t even worrying about scar tissue or tumor and MRI’s.  

I would also like to send out a huge thank you to those of you who donated the last week or so… the account has gotten a little low and your thought was a welcomed addition. 

Ana’s Last Chemo is on Friday the 13th…

July 7th, 2007

Sorry for the lack of updates.

Ana’s enjoying her summer vacation sleeping in till noon 🙂 Her blood counts have been great lately and her kidney function has gone back up from where it was in March.

The worry some issue for Sara and I is that with her last chemo coming up our security blanket is going away. At this point we know the chemo is keeping the tumor from growing, and the mass that’s still in the MRI’s it’s unknown if it’s scar tissue or the last bit of the tumor that’s being resistant to treatment. The time between her August MRI and her November MRI is going to be a tough wait through. As of her last MRI in May it’s “stable”, it hasn’t grown or shrunk anymore for a while. However after the chemo cycle is over it could grow again if it’s anything other than scar tissue. 

She still has some intermittent double vision issues, hopefully we’ll find out more about that on Friday or when we have the next team clinic (which should be in early august with her next MRI).

I’ll come back next weekend with the latest in what the next couple months will be looking like for us…

On a side note Ana will be 13 this month on the 27th, so I’m thinking the date of chemo is golden. 

Chemo and the kidney’s

March 31st, 2007

I spoke before how we almost felt we were on automatic for dealing with chemo and what was Instore for dealing with everything.

Last week at chemo we found out that Ana’s kidney function had gone down even further.

So her dose of carboplatin was cut in half. It’s also enough of an issue that her fluid intake needs to be doubled. The hope is there be no long term damage to her kidney’s.

At this point we’re just pushing water like crazy and Ana is upset that she can’t drink pop except in smaller amounts.

We have chemo again April 20th and 2 days before that another kidney (GFR) test. In the mail today we got the date of her next MRI & clinic visit.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!