Today Denny took the kids to the Hospital so I could do errands and clean the apartment and do laundry. Just because we have a child with cancer, chores and errands don't stop! And that is fine by me. I scrubbed the apartment down from top to bottom. It is nice that it's small in that way... it's easy to clean! Even though they have someone come in to clean the bathroom once a week, it's just not as thorough as I like to be. Plus the mop is dragged from room to room. How sanitary can that be? Yuck! So, I usually clean again after she is finished. I know... a bit of a germ-a-phobe.
Kayla has been VERY tired. She sleeps a lot. Today at the hospital, she slept for 3 hours. Two while they waited for an appointment and she slept during the hour she got her G-CSF injection. We were concerned over a new rash she had on her stomach this morning. It was terribly itchy and red. We were happy to know it is just a typical side effect and not to worry. Funny how that makes you happy. I went to pick them up and it was gorgeous outside. I talked everyone into going outside for a while to play. Kayla rested in a chair, but it felt so good for her (and all of us) to get fresh air.
We had the whole place to ourselves today
|Anthony's face here says it all. I need to get up there!|
|4.5 years old... and thriving. Just a goofy joy! We love our Anthony!!!|
|Doing anything we can to keep Kayla laughing and entertained|
Kayla and her bumble bee filled with nutrients!
We headed back inside to watch a movie and relax. Before we knew it, it was 5:30 and time for our voice recorded interview. Yes, like I said... not stop action around here. We met down in the Amy Grant room. Again, we found the staff to be kind, caring and so grateful for our help. The project they are working on now is a commercial that will air on the local radio stations (sorry local friends... you won't hear this one). It will be snippets of some stories from families here set to music. It was fun, but much different from the TV commercial yesterday. For starters, we will request questions in advance so we can do an even better job for them. Of course we had an idea of what to expect, but there will be a lot less ummms while we search for the right words. I think they still loved what we did, but still! One thing that threw us was when we were asked if there was a story we wanted to share of something Kayla did that is really funny. Our minds went blank. The kid is hilarious. She does funny things all the time!!! But, we couldn't think of one. Other then that, we answered all of the questions and some! We are so happy to help such a wonderful organization.
Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® is one of the most successful radio fund-raising events in America. Since the program began in 1989, to date nearly 200 radio stations across the country have participated and raised $200 million in pledges for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Through the program, radio listeners are given the opportunity to call in and become Partners In Hope®, by making a donation to the hospital.
In addition to station and listener support, more than 100 country artists have given their names and time to Country Cares through recorded appeals, visits to St. Jude or call-ins to radiothons. These stars include Randy Owen, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lonestar, Clint Black, Keith Urban and more.
Denny setting up Kayla's TPN and flushing her lines. This happens daily.
Kayla slept through the whole thing
Look at how much bigger AJ is than Kayla. He is 3 years and 3 months younger! Crazy!!
After her snooze, she woke just long enough to take a few bits of one pancake. It was the one thing she thought she might be able to eat for dinner. I will try ANYTHING and everything to get her to eat. You think of it, we've tried it. Trust me! And nothing is low-fat in this tiny fridge.
We start at 9:30 tomorrow. Kayla is doing ok. She is getting through it. We all are. One round down, three to go!!!! Go Kayla GO!!!!!!!! We love you all. Thank you so much for reading her story. It means so much to have all of the love and support behind us like we do. THANK YOU!