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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Round 3 - Day 6

Round 3 started on Friday and we found out just how quickly those Chemo drugs start to work. Last Wednesday Avery's counts were at 2150....a week later she has dropped to 1350. So needless to say "psycho sanitizing" parents are back on patrol. Shoes off, wash hands, touch nothing, wipe down anything dropped on the floor, etc. It's going to be fun. I think I may have bought out Walmart and Target's supply of handy wipes - sorry.

Avery's appetite has improved immensely in the last 3 days. Whatever is in that Erlotinib she took last month makes her not want to eat. We dropped close to 2 lbs last month due to it. This month we'll hopefully make that up, especially since Nana introduced Andes Mints for dinner. The down side to being on these others is that the counts drop so low with these 2 drugs. If it's not one thing it's another -- right?

Avery has been rocking the language world this past week. We swear she said the word "GO" the other day. She seems to be making huge improvements in mimicking our speech patterns and has been diligently working with us on EEE, AHHH, OHHH faces and sounds. I think we may have a 1st word on the horizon -- hopefully it's better than "go" and starts with an M or D.

We've found a new fun activity for us girls to do at night. We really like to take walks and point out the different things in the neighborhood. Yes, Jersey rides on top of the stroller....We were given an older model jogging stroller so we could actually move a little faster and maybe get some exercise from a friend. But sadly, the wheels are a little done for and are flat on one side. As a result, Avery gets quite the shake up while on our walks - so if anyone knows where to get new wheels -- let me know! I've searched the internet, but lets be reasonable, I really have no idea what I am looking for. And the brand no longer exists - so that option is out. We may have to take out the slow shopping stroller from now on!

Lastly, Avery's head is showing signs of hair regrowth. As you know, the area in which they radiated is questionable in terms of hair coming back. We expect some, but don't expect all and are fully expecting a large amount to not regrow at all. Good news is that she is a girl and the hair on top will cover this back area once it grows long. We did notice though that her hair seems to be slowly returning -- thinly, to a perimeter area of about an inch all the way around on the outside. This is so super exciting and we can't wait to see what will happen over the next 4 months, let alone when treatment is done in February. She looks like her daddy to a T -- but let me tell you -- the one thing I gave her was the capacity for a full head of thick hair and that will come in mighty handy when she hits 13 and really starts to care! Thanks Grandma.

This weekend we plan to head over to the Pumpkin Patch with our buddy Harper. Hopefully it will stay beautiful out like it has been and we'll have a great day with lots of fun pictures. I mean really - who doesn't like fall? It seems like we just finished this season...the holidays just seem to fly by so quick and then the next thing you know it's the middle of January. To us, it doesn't feel like almost a year, and at the same time I feel like this year has lasted forever. Totally doesn't make sense, but that's the truth. These next 4 months could really drag if it were any other time of year....but fall, and Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years -- and don't even get me started with the craziness that happens at work during these months....I mean a person really never has a chance to catch their breath and the next thing you know it's 2011, she's 2 years old and you are done with Chemo. BAM!!

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