Someone has discovered cinnamon pastries. Kinda late to the game? Yes! But, better late then never. Here we are in A/T. Those are the vials getting ready to be filled w/ Kayla's beautiful blood.
Lunch time! Finally, able to enjoy all of their amazing food! Eat Kayla, EAT! :)
Eating Chocolate Cake while testing in Speech Therapy. Eating her way through St. Jude. I LOVE it!
Finally, we made it over to Lauren in Physical Therapy for our check in. Ahhh. Oh how we LOVE PT. Seriously, it is the coolest area. It's always like a breath of fresh air to see these amazing therapists work their magic on these kids. Again, Lauren was blown away at how wonderful Kayla looks and how well she is doing. I constantly got the thumbs up and she just kept shaking her head in awe at what a difference "this" kayla is compared to the last time she was here. It was like music to momma's ears! Again, all was great and we were cleared until the next check up in January. Kayla was encouraged to continue working on building muscle since muscle does weigh more than fat! ;)
Last, we went over to The MRI department so we could wait to be called back for the first of 3 MRI's on this visit. Today was Kayla's Functional MRI. I walked back with her and helped her dress in a gown. We met with one of the doctors who again went over the test and how it all works. We did some practice tests so Kayla would know exactly what to expect. They use these MRI's for a lot of their research here. Again, she did fantastic scoring perfectly. GO KAYLA GO!
The day would not be complete without going up to the BMT floor (where Kayla had her 4 rounds of chemo). We had to get a hug from Miss. Teresa and Dr. Shook. It was SO good to see them both. It has been a VERY hard week on that floor. Our friend Wesson devastatingly earned his angel wings and his buddy Matthew is fighting tooth and nail to not follow wesson's baby foot prints up to the beautiful light. It was clear that some good news was needed right now. I can imagine not many people stop back up there to visit and see them when they are here on the other side of the glass. I realize that it's important for us to remind these amazing doctors that they ARE saving lives too. That miracles do happen and that kids can leave, come back to visit, leave, and continue this pattern for years or their entire lives to come. It can and does happen. I know they too need to be lifted. Kayla did that for them today and that made me feel so good that we were able to give them a boost of energy to continue to fight for all of the kids here. I feel so helpless, but for some reason, I actually felt like maybe it helped a little. If it did, I am so grateful!
Tonight we had a special visit with our friends Damaris, Angiel and her brother Markus. It was SO nice visiting with them and just having a laid back evening filled with Pizza and giggles. I just wish we had had more time. We have missed them so very much! See? We are packing it all in! Lots to do!!!!
Tomorrow Kayla starts the day off with her Brain MRI. This is the one I consider the most important. They all are, but this is the big one. Please send good thoughts, vibes, prayers or whatever positive energy you can that all things remain clear. I am not worried. I know we are in good hands and that life is out of our control. Still, I know that it does help! On that note, PLEASE do the same for sweet Baby Matthew. He has just endured his second Bone Marrow Transplant and we just don't know how much more his body can handle. He is in the PICU. This is their very last option...
Just a little side note (because I have been asked several times now) we will not have ANY results of the MRI's or the Lumbar Puncture until Thursday afternoon when we meet with Kayla's Dr. in E Clinic. I promise to post as soon as I know.
I am hitting the sheets and desperate for a full nights rest! I will update you all tomorrow. G'night!