This is two days of a caringbridge journal of a friend of mine. Their oldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. It is hard to imagine that this little girl is going through this. She is about 1 year or so older than G and has a baby brother a year younger or so. For all of the complaining I do about G and the sleep issues, although for us it is big, this sure brings everything into perspective, huh? Here is her site if you wish to leave her a message: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ejt
"MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2008 06:11 PM, CST
We were back at St. Jude today for another MRI. Ellen did wonderful! She's getting accustomed to all the "big cameras" and other medical equipment. She seems less and less frightened by it all. We learned today that the plan to get a permanent line inserted and chemotherapy started with go ahead tomorrow. They will also do a spinal tap and put chemo in her spinal fluid. Ellen will be admitted to the hospital tomorrow for 2-3 days as they will want to keep a close eye on her when the chemo starts. We also learned from the MRI done today, that the cancer is not in her spine, but it does very slightly encroach the bones of her skull and possibly the covering of her brain. The official stage of her disease is Stage III. Thank you for all the wonderful love and support. Ellen is doing so well and her spirits are high. Actually, she's hanging in there better than Mom and Dad. Love and thanks to you all, Ann
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008 07:38 PM, CST Today was Ellen's first chemotherapy and her first day as an inpatient at St. Jude. We registered at 7am, then to surgery to implant a port-a-cath and for a lumbar puncture. While still in surgery, the doctor injected chemo into Ellen's spinal fluid. The surgical procedures were successful, however, we don't yet have the results of the spinal tap. Ellen received her first intravenous chemotherapy at 4:30 pm. So far, she is tolerating everything just fine. She's had none of the yucky side effects yet. Her chest was a bit sore from the line insertion and she got two doses of morphine that helped tremendously. Due to the morphine, she slept through most of the chemo infusion which took about 30 minutes. She is in really good spirits and is charming the doctors and nurses. The St. Jude staff make it easier to be in good spirits by treating Ellen like a princess. We will be here for a few days. We read all of today's guestbook entries to Ellen. After reading it, I said "Ellen somebody called you a princess" and Ellen said, "yeah, and an angel too"! Ann and I can't thank you all enough for all the expressions of love, support and prayers. It means so much to us and especially to Ellen. Love, J. Lee "
Please pray for this family and this little girl.