Ok, so now... our constant fight for the battle of the bulge with Kayla. I think I might be winning this battle. I didn't even realize that I had been in on the game. It's not pretty. Last week we were so happy when Kayla gained an ounce. This week we were devastated that she lost a pound! It is so hard to see. I feel like she could just blow away in a heavy wind. I broke down in tears yesterday explaining to her how important it is to EAT! That food is her fuel. Like gas for a car. As worried as her team of docs are here, they aren't going to do anything drastic as far as TPN or an NG tube because we are going home soon and they are hoping that will be the BEST medicine. AMEN to that!!! Last night she had a scoop of peanut butter and ice cream for dinner and one bite of a banana. Whatever she will put down at this point. Poor Anthony does not understand why he can't have the same things for dinner. I don't blame him!!
Every Ounce Counts
Reality. I showed Kayla this picture and she gagged. She said she hates seeing her bones. New strategy. Bluntly honest. I will show her this pic every time I need to BEG her to eat. This photo is why it took me so long to post my new update. This was a hard reality for me to swallow. Please pray that she eats... and eats...... AND EATS!!!!
Denny continues to knit.
On a positive note... because you KNOW I have to share the good, bad and ugly: we are making friends! Kayla said her highlight of the day was getting to play with Ella! They kicked the soccer ball around outside and giggled and played. I am SO happy!!!!!
They are the same age and grade. This is the best picture I have seen of Kayla in a LONG time. Proof that laughter and FUN are the best medicine!!!!
ps. Notice the new dangle earrings? That would be from the lady at the front desk of check in that kayla was bugging about her jewelry. She made a point to find Kayla today to deliver her promised dangles. Love love LOVE!!!! SO sweet :)
Anthony is newfound friends with a sweet 4 year old boy named Connor. He is about a week ahead of Kayla in treatment. He has ATRT. A very rare and aggressive form of "the C word". Please keep Laurie, Mike, Connor and Kyle in your prayers. Connor's Caring Bridge Site . They get to go home on their "break" Thursday. We will arrive back here around the same time and start our Chemo around the same time. We are on the same protocol. We are hoping Kayla meets a new friend like Ella (because Ella will be finished with her treatment soon). Friendship is such good medicine! Until then, Kayla can hang with Anthony and Connor. I am happy to have a mommy to chat with and who we will SADLY be going through this with. Hopefully once some nice weather hits we can have family dinners and LOTS of play time outside. So, today was a GOOD day filled with friendship. Just one more "gift".
Good night all. Thank you for the prayers!