We will always remember Ellie for her love for others, her creativity, sensitivity, and delight in life! Ellie's light has spread far and wide... may it continue to shine in our hearts.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Chemo round 5 is complete!

It is lunchtime and we are still in the hospital as I write this. Ellie finished chemo over 24 hours ago. We were set to go home this morning once all of her post-hydration was finished, but last night Ellie started throwing up. She had thrown up once the night before...on day three, which happened last time she had these drugs, but last night she threw up three times in a row. This morning as soon as Ellie got out of bed, she threw up again...and again a half hour later. So...here we sit. She's finally eating something and if she shows signs of keeping the nausea under control enough to keep some food and liquids down, then we will be on our way home. Despite all of that ickiness, I would have to say that I'm still pleased with how strong Ellie has been this round. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but overall her coloring has been better than usual and her spirits have been mostly up. The last two days she took long naps, and after waking up from one, she had a sleepy little smile on her face. John asked why she was smiling and she said "lots of things".

OK, here's the highlights of chemo round 5:


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Snuggling to sleep last night:

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We were able to go to an animal show here in the hospital this morning:

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Petting a bunny:

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Special guest, Niko (from Pocahontus) and Ellie:

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At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah -
So glad round 5 is over! Ellie looks really GREAT in the pictures you posted! We keep praying! Enjoy being home again...we hope Ellie feels better and you get there soon!

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ellie,
I've been praying for you after I received your prayer card at my church. I decided to visit this page to see how things were. And I just wanted to say that you're a beautiful and strong girl for your age battling such a horrible disease. I know that God is Soveign and will take care of you. I could never imagine having to battle cancer. I know I could never fully appreciate life they way you do. What I can say is everytime you're hurting or down just remember that God is carrying you...He is always there.

"He will never leave you nor forsake you." -Deuteronomy 31:6

In Christ,
Cory Carlson

At 3:45 PM, Blogger tricia said...

She does look good! She has such a pretty round head.

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Robyn said...

I hope that Ellie is feeling much better and is HOME!

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous kristina mcd said...

You are beautiful Ellie! Alexa says, "But Mommy, How come Ellie is always smiling when she is so sick?" We love the pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us. Sleep well tonight,

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous The Hansen's said...

Glad you're starting to keep that food down, Ellie. Nutrition is so important!
The animal show looked like fun. :) We inherited a white rabbit from some missionaries going home on furlough once. His name was Casper. We let him run around in our yard because our yard was surrounded by a block wall. He liked all that freedom. :)
We're praying for you over here in Thailand!
Love to you from us,
Beth, Hal, Riley and Jane

At 12:01 AM, Blogger BreezieGirl said...

Glad to see you made it through round 5 Ellie!!! Feel better so you can go home and sleep in your own bed (our own beds are always so nice). Many blessings and prayers!

At 5:56 AM, Blogger Mrs said...

Isn't it amazing how much of an "expert" we become on our children? What a asset you are to all those nurses and doctors - to be able to tell them of your close observations and aide in this process. I'm sure they rely on you more than you know!

Praising God round 5 is OVER. Praising God for all the people who take the time to come to a hospital with rabbits and costumes to brighten a little girl's day.


At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Niko, is that like Gabbie or Izzie or Ruby??

Glad you were able to get to see these sweet fuzzy critters. I love you, Ellie.

Aunt Reni

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet pictures. It is good to see you. Thinking of you often and sending our love from Montana…
Derek, Roni, and Tyler (Riley too)


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