Emily was released within 48 hours of being at CHOP, with the condition that we stayed close until Tuesday,May 30th to make sure all was ok. Doug went home Saturday to pick up the camper and when he got back into town, Emily was already released and we were ready to go by 5PM. She was so happy to be leaving and be staying in the camper for a few days. I have to tell you all that CHOP was an absolutely amazing hospital. It really was, there was so many things that CHOP had that stood outside of the box for Doug and I compared to what we are used to from here. But mostly, the care that was given to Emily while she was there just above and beyond and they always made sure we had what we needed, and was always there when we needed them. Dr. Mattei met our expectations and more, he is an amazing man, surgeon and like I said before his compassion was not like most surgeons. While there we tried to see if we saw any of the others that we had read about, but what was different about CHOP, is that each floor is separated and separated by certain things. So one floor was Surgery, such as the floor we were on, one was Oncology, but there was other floors as well. It was awesome place, but we didn't see anyone that we knew by reading. There was a few that we were on the lookout for, but none that we had seen.
|Children's Hospital of Philly|
|This is the emergency room. Emily was on the 4th floor and this was the view in the middle.|
|This was the Resource center, the library.|
|Information board in Emily's room|
Like I said Emily was release Saturday night and we headed to the campground to wait things out until Tuesday to be checked. Emily had a great weekend. The next day it was amazing, it was the relaxation that we needed and that was to be able to lay in the bed until 2 in the afternoon and never made it outside of the camper until dinner time. That's right that is what we did. It was an amazing and relaxing weekend.
|Emily at her birthday at the campground after surgery|
Monday was Emily's birthday, she was turning 4 and she was just so excited to be having a birthday. We were not expecting her to be home because we had expected to still be in the hospital not be back in the camper after 2 days. Thats right, 2 days. Emily was still in a bit of pain the next couple of days and we went through a container of tylenol after her surgery, but after a few days we noticed it was becoming less and less of that amount of Tylenol that she needed. But she was doing great. She was doing so well that on her Birthday, May 30th (or course we were able to celebrate her birthday) and have her best friend,, Nakeyah there with us. We had cake and ice cream and just enjoyed having Regina, Nakeyah and Tay with us to celebrate Emily's turning 4. Emily is doing great.
|Miss Hollywood Emily. The pink 4wheeler was a birthday present from Nakeyah and Emily just loves it.|
After coming home and have a little scare that Emily had bruises around her surgery area and it was a bit swollen, we waited overnight just to make sure that it wasn't anything and also told Emily that she really needed to slow down. Thankfully telling her that she needed to slow down seemed to help with the swelling and the bruising didn't seem as bad. Things went back to normal for the rest of the week and it had seemed like so long since we had been back at VCU.
The following weekend, this past weekend, we were having a birthday party for Emily with her friends,, both of her sisters were there. The hard part was since it is hard to really get to plan things like this with low counts and not knowing when she will have to go in, it is hard to get her friends there. However, we were able to have a good turnout. We asked her where she wanted to go and she wanted go to the State Park close to us with the camper and have her friends come there and play on the playset. Thanks to a great auction, we did get the swing set for the house ordered and we are just waiting for that to come in, so we are excited about that coming in. Nakeyah also came to spend the weekend with Emily and Emily was just so happy to have her there, they re so cute together. Doug went to pick up Emily Friday evening, while Jessie and Brianna and I got the camper settled in. It was awesome having nice high counts and Emily being able to have fun and not having to worry about a mask. It was great. The birthday party was a lot of fun, Emily enjoyed having one of her friends from school come and a few other people, and it was really a nice turnout for her. I am really happy that she got to enjoy a beautiful day outside with close friends and family. THANK YOU all so much for coming out last minute to enjoy the day with Emily, it really meant so much to her. (She has been telling her nurses that she has had two birthdays, cute).
|Camper all decorated, waiting for friends to come|
|Happy 4th Birthday|
|Emily blowing out candles|
So to end the weekend, Nakeyah had to go back home for school, so Daddy had to take her back to meet her mom. Emily didn't want her to go, she loves Nakeyah, they are so cute. Nakeyah is really good with Emily and she is always watching Emily to make sure she is ok and just enjoying her and they laugh and have fun. Its cute. I spent some time with Jessie and Brianna while Daddy and Emily were gone and got things ready for the next day, meaning packing for the hospital. I don't like packing for the hospital and I know Emily doesn't like going. So, Daddy was trying to prepare her for the next day.
|Emily waiting in the clinic|
Emily was admitted today to start Round 6 chemo of the induction phase. Its a bittersweet that she is almost done with this part of treatment, but also the reminder of what she has went through and what she still has to go through. She has been through so much, but honestly she has taken all of this very well and everyday she shocks her dad and I more and more. Its amazing how strong she is. We were worried that it was going to be a crying ordeal in the clinic, however Emily was amazing. I took her to the bathroom and she said, Mommy I am going to be grown up and be a big girl and not cry. Wow, Emily you go girl. And she did just that, she didn't cry. Amazing little girl, her daddy and I are just so proud of her. When we came up to the room, we played with her little friend Bailey for a little while and they rode around the halls on their poles. I should have taken a picture, but the thought was passed me at the time. Now we are just waiting for her urine specific gravity to be ready and get things together for starting. Its pretty exciting, but also a little bit nervous about what is to come and what it may bring with side effects and things like that. We were hoping that the chemo would have started last night so that she would be heading home on Thursday evening, but her specific gravity is still not where it should be yet. It is 7 AM and they just checked it a half hour ago and we are still waiting. In several ways I am not in a hurry, but I hate having to see this horrible stuff go into her body, but at the same time, I want it to hurry so that we can get this over with. Once this is done we move forward with her scans, all of the scans to see where she is at and then we move into Stem Cell. Stem Cell is honestly not one we are looking forward to at all. Thankfully it is her own stem cells, but they still have so much to go through with that.
I want to send out a huge thank you to so many of you, and I tried to explain this to someone yesterday, we truly appreciate everything that you all do for us. Sometimes I feel like I can't say thank you enough, I really don't, but I try to in all the many ways that I can. So thank you all so much for just being an amazing community. You truly find out who you friends and family really are when you go through something like this and I really want to thank those who have just been so amazing to us.
Don't forget that we have Team Emily Magnets, if anyone wants any. Great way to support Emily and also a great way to tell everyone about her.
Well, I am going to end it there, Emily and I were exhausted last night since the night before Brianna thought keeping me up all night was a great idea. Emily was asleep last night before I even was close and then when I went to update caring bridge I woke up this morning with a million P's on this page. HAHA.
I am going to post this on http://www.emilyhubbel.com and it will have lots of pictures. Enjoy!