|Emily sleeping in her prayer blanket from Gayton Church|
Sorry to start the post off that way, but in all honesty, this is just hitting harder and harder as time goes. Doug and I just try to do what is right with everything and sometimes we will never know if it was right or wrong. It feels that this just gets old for everyone else involved but only involved not directly and to us every day is a new day, that we don't know what is going to happen and what it will bring. The past couple of nights have been filled with crying for many of reasons, but one because we miss our family being together and just being normal. Its hard to know what is normal before, but all the things that were normal before, we all just took for granted because so quickly they were taken away. We don't have a normal anymore, we don't know what the date is anymore, we don't even know if we were supposed to do something, because so much has been going on. There isn't free time anymore, I keep saying I need a haircut, maybe even a highlight or just something, Dad and I need a date to have some time together, but there isn't time and if there was time, I feel that we shouldn't be away and eats at me. Dad has been wanting to get things done around the house, and it is just hard to get all those things done that we just took for granted before.
But unless you are a parent of a child with cancer, family memeber of a member with cancer or dealing with cancer yourself, you will never what it feels like. I can't sit and say I know what Emily is feeling in her mind or even thinking or how she feels. She is pretty good at voicing her opinion and her thoughts, but I only wish I knew what exactly she was thinking. but Dad and I only wish for her to be happy and as pain free as possible as she can be and we will jump hoops and wholes to do that for her.
But what makes this even harder is that I miss my husband. I miss him. Emily misses him. He is my world, he is her world and I couldn't imagine going through this with anyone else and I could imagine Emily having any other than Doug because he is he is the best father that anyone could imagine.. But we don't have a lot of time with each other, and when we are together, life is chaos. Keep the house clean, make sure no germs are anywhere, taking Emily to the doctor, keeping the other girls well, grocery store, , working full time, it is just there is no time and honestly I can sit here and say I took for granted the time we had together before and I wish I could take that back and have done things differently, but I can't.
|Emily finally peacefully asleep after 4 rounds of sickness and then getting Ativan to settle down|
So far this has been the worst round of chemo and I know it will be the same when we get to 5. It hit Emily quick and just watching her dwindle from the effects of chemo just hit me hard. Here it is 3 AM in the morning and Emily finally went down to sleep after having about 4 episodes of getting sick within about an hour of time. Requested ativan and Emily is sleeping peacefully! Emily is such a sweet girl, while she is getting sick, I had her the pan to throw up in and she looks up in between throwing up and says "Thank you Mommy!" Our days have endured at least 2-3 tubs a day because they make her body feel better she says, at least 2-3 PJ's are changed a day because she either has an accident or gets sick on her clothes, bed changes because they are wet, cuddling, potty, more cuddling because Emily has been very clingy and throwing up and trying to figure out what she can hold down. We are still keeping up with the traumeel and Life Mel Honey and hoping that it keeps the mouth sores away and keeps the white blood counts up and trying to work that around when she is feeling ok and not throwing up. I hate to see Emily get sick, I hate to see her sad because we are here, I hate to see her sad because she misses her family and we haven't really gotten to see anyone. I hate to see her cry.
On other note, CHOP (Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia) should have all of Emily's information and we should have an appintment to meet with the doctor and the surgeon in another week or so. I should be hearing from them on Monday to schedule that. We have heard some really good things about CHOP and look forward to meeting with them and getting a confirmed 2nd opinion and knowing where we are going moving forward with were we will be taking Emily for surgery after the 5th round and then just making sure that everything is diagnosed correctly and also making sure that all the spots were found and are known outloud.
I'm sorry if this was sad, but Im not having a good day. Ready to hear this is over and it was only a nightmare, and you can now go home. WOO HOO, wouldn't that be nice!!
Well tomorrow is a new day and Emily gets to go home. She is very happy about that. The vomitting could continue for another 48 to 72 hours. Her smells are crazy, because she can smell anything and if they are strong, she will throw up,. We never know what to cook her because she is constanlty changing in the food arena area. Emily never used to like chicken and here as of late she likes chicken. Emily will have her counts checked about 6AM and we will know where she stands before going home. We will have to bring her back on Monday to get her Nulasta shot and then charge on and hope that no fevers bring us back to the hospital.
Love to babies and hold them tight. Make sure you tell them you love them and take each day and treasure it.
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