Welcome Sophia Hope Bell!!!

Welcome Sophia Hope Bell!!!
Maddy has officially become a big sister!!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Blood Counts are back up!

Sheila here. Well I got back into town late last night from going to NY to my Aunt's funeral. I was sad that it was so late, b/c I knew that Madelyn would be sleeping. As much as I wanted to run in the house and snatch her out of her crib and kiss every bit of her chubby little face, the mom in me talked me out of it and said "if you wake her up, she may have a hard time going back to sleep". But as luck will have it...she sensed that I was home and woke up just before I crawled into bed at about 2:30am. So I got to feed her and love on her. I swear I am NEVER, EVER leaving that little girl again until she goes off to college!!

I took Madelyn to the clinic today to have her blood counts done. I am always so nervous about bringing her to the hospital, b/c if her counts are down and she is so much more suseptible to catching things...I am just amazed that I have to bring her to the place that sick people go!!! Anyway, her counts are back up. Her ANC count last Thursday was 72, it needs to be at least 750 for them to do the next round of Chemo, her count today was 1053. Everything else was up too:
White: 7.2 last week to 8.1 this week
Hemoglobin: 11.2 last week to 11.1 this week
Platelets: 462,000 last week to 604,000 this week

With all that being said we are moving forward with round 2 of chemo tomorrow. We have to be at the Clinic at 8:30 in the morning and can expect to be there all day. The drugs that are being administered tomorrow are Carboplatin, Cyclophosphamide and Doxirubicin. We should be able to see the MIBG scans from 2 weeks ago tomorrow as well.

Little Madelyn is still her same happy, gorgeous self. She has learned to wave bye-bye and is sitting up longer and longer on her own. I can't believe that she is going to be 6 months old tomorrow, stinks that we will be celebrating at the Oncology Center. She is starting to loose her hair. It is really rough and brittle and is rubbing off in the back where she lays her head. It is the same bald spot that she got when she was real little, but this one is bigger. Looks like we will be using the cute little hats I bought for her afterall. Well, tomorrow is going to come very early and is going to be a very long day. I will close for now, but we will update on how she does tomorrow. Please keep us in your prayers. Pray that Madelyn will be just as strong through round 2 as she was through the first round. Pray that she will tolerate the 2 new drugs they are introducing and she will continue to tolerate the old drug that they used in round 1. Pray that all of this that our family is going through will a thing of the past as we move on to a very long and happy life with beautiful, brave, baby Madelyn!!!!

We love you all,
The Bell Family