Today Kayla's body got to rest... a little. She is still experiencing some side effects from the chemo. Her jaw pain and nausea are still there. We are working hard with the staff to try and find the best cocktail of medicines to try and combat her nausea and her pain. We hope to have a very good plan in effect before she is discharged tomorrow evening.
Thanks to our friends here, I was able to go and spend some much needed quality time with Denny and Kayla today at the hospital. Laurie (Conner's momma) so graciously offered to play with Anthony for me! SO sweet of her! Anthony had a blast! When I got to the Hospital, Kayla was sipping slowly on some soup and crying because her jaw aches so badly. She had tomato soup and apple sauce in front of her. Both hurt her to eat. Everything hurts to eat and drink right now. Poor baby! It was so nice to finally be able to be in the room with Kayla at the same time as Denny so he could explain things in much more detail. Where Skype is great, it's still not the same as being there in person.
Despite Kayla's issues, we got a lot done in the time I was there. Kayla took her first walks around the BMT floor... TWO laps! It was hard for her to do the second one, but she did it! We were proud of her for really trying. Kayla also got a sitz bath which is why she had that small amount of energy to do the laps.
She also did her mouth care and her breathing exercises
I met a few other really nice families here and got reunited with a returning family, Carter & mommy. Carter truly is one of the miracle kids you hear about! A week ago, the family was told it was time to start treatment and the chaplain never left their side. Today, he is running and laughing and playing! Everyone is thrilled and once again it is a reminder that miracles DO happen. Lately things around here have been good. At least as far as the people we have been lucky to encounter. Most of the kids are doing excellent and people's spirits seem high and hopeful! The weather has been really warm and everyone has been out playing a lot.