Thursday, 23 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
December 17, 2009 (around 3 months later) the day I took her in for a blood test. It was very obvious that something wasn't right, just by looking at her. I hate that she got this bad.
Just a handful of pictures from our 1st week in the hospital.
Month 1 - Steroids take over our daughter physically and emotionally.
This one is from her 4th birthday before she was diagnosed through her 5th birthday.
September 28, 09-September 28, 10 MILLIE'S MAIL (thank you!!!)
Diagnosis Day to Today
December 17, 09- December 17, 10
Today we have a HAPPY, "HEALTHY", STUNNING little 5 year old.
Friday, 10 December 2010
Before heading down to the Rapid Treatment Unit (RTU) for her procedure we had to check in at clinic; height, weight, blood pressure, chemotherapy in her PORT, a script of steroids, and of course CRAFTS WITH PAT!
Millie getting her blood pressure. She looks so little sitting there.
Her Christmas ornament she worked on while waiting for her Vincristine to arrive from the pharmacy.She also got a surprise visit from "Ben". He is such a sweet dog.
After her 1st dose of chemo and on our way to the RTU we ran into one of Amelia's cancer buddies, Cami. She was headed up to start her second round of her most difficult chemo. They are just weeks away from maintenance. HOORAY for the Carver Family! You're almost there!
They were really behind down in the RTU so the Child Life Specialist came in and made a doll with Miss. Millie. She was so cute with her "Millie Doll". If you look really close you can see that she drew rainbows for her eyes. I love my creative little bug.
Listening to her heart.
Millie played with her doll up until her "sleepy time stuff" kicked in and she was out cold.
I hate seeing her that way, just laying there. It breaks my heart.
I snapped these pictures as I was leaving. They don't let us stay to watch the spinal tap.
She woke up scared and confused. She kept saying, "I want my mommy," over and over again.
Even when Millie is upset or scared she does what she has too. She always has. I am so proud of her bravery. Amelia amazes me every day.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
1. Get registered in the bone marrow donor registry: http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/. There are many people who need a life-saving bone marrow transplant, but who don't have a match. Last month we heard about this sad story - an 11 year old girl with AML (leukemia), who passed away. She needed a bone marrow transplant and a perfect match couldn't be found. YOU could be someones match. It takes about five minutes to get signed up. Get registered and give someone hope! Our friend Rachel was able to find a donor, can you imagine if she was saved because of YOUR marrow? What an amazing gift for everyone involved!
2. Donate blood at your local Red Cross you can also go HERE if you're not sure where that is. You can donate blood or platelets at American Red Cross. A single platelet donation can provide enough platelets for a full therapeutic dose for a patient in need. In fact, some platelet donations yield enough platelets for two or three therapeutic doses. By contrast, it takes about five whole blood donations to produce a single therapeutic dose. Many patients who need platelets are undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplant and have weakened immune systems. A platelet dose from a single donor reduces the patient’s exposure to multiple donors and is therefore preferred by many physicians. During a platelet donation, a small portion of your blood (less than one pint at a time), is drawn from your arm and passed through a sophisticated cell-separating machine. The machine collects the platelets and safely returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back to you. After the donation you can resume your normal activities, avoiding heavy lifting or strenuous exercise that day.
According to the American Red Cross: every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood. Before Amelia was diagnosed, I never could believe that number. I had no idea. But after going on this cancer journey with Amelia and sitting in clinic watching blood transfusion after blood transfusion going on around us, that number is much more real to me now. Amelia had 3 just in her 1st 2 days of treatment. We have a friend Elena who has had multiple transfusions in just one week - and occasionally, her transfusion has been delayed because the blood bank didn't have the type of blood she needed. Or there's our cancer friend, Skyler, who has multiple platelet transfusions every day. And there's millions of other cases where people need blood. It is life-saving. And it can be really scary watching your sick child and being told that there isn't the blood they need available.
Some Facts About Blood Supply Needs and Blood Donation -from the American Red Cross
•One donation can save the lives of up to three people.
•The demand for blood transfusions is growing faster than donations.
•Shortages of all blood types usually occur during the summer and winter holidays.
•Less than 38% of the US population is eligible to donate blood. (So if you can, you can see that you're sorely needed!)
•It is possible to donate specifically only platelets or plasma. This process is called apherisis.
•Donated platelets must be used within 5 days of collection - new donations are constantly needed.
•Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma, and platelets. The body will replenish the elements given during a blood donation - some in a matter of hours, and others in a matter of weeks.
•The average adult has about 10 to 12 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
•The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
•A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days.
•A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 3 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
You must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good general health to donate. (Eligibility requirements may vary in some states and donation centers.)
Please, if you possibly can, get out and donate this holiday season. It's one of the best gifts you can give.
This Christmas, GIVE LIFE!
**feel free to copy and paste this post onto your blog (I DID via- The Prince Family) - spread the word!