Yesterday Jessica had a pretty good day. She was talking, sitting up and her respiratory problems looked much improved. They actually took the CPAP machine off for a few hours and it was such a blessing because at this time her sisters and Caleb came to say goodbye before leaving for St.George. The hospital made an exception so the kids could actually go into Jessica's room and see her. She looked much better without being hooked up to the big machine and Jessica was so excited to give Annalise and Alyson necklaces she had for them and a car for Caleb. She was able to hug them all goodbye--it was such a positive experience for all of them. Chandra and Cody felt so good about the meeting and Annalise and Alyson couldn't believe that Jessica hugged them and gave them a necklace.
However, last night Jessica had a rough night and they had to put the CPAP machine back on. Today she is having even more respiratory problems. They are going to insert drainage tubes into both lungs. They will have to have the help of a radiologist to insert the tube into the cancerous lung. The fluid around her lungs just doesn't seem to go away. They will be doing an ultrasound some time today to take a better look at what is going on. They are also trying to better manage her pain. She is such a tough little girl and many times she doesn't let on how much pain she really is suffering. She also received her second dose of chemotherapy yesterday.
Even with these setbacks everyone remains very positive and Jessica is working hard and doing everything she is asked so she can get back up to her "other room" (the 4th floor). Chandra and Cody are continually grateful for all of the love and support from family, friends and even people they don't know who are keeping Jessica in their thoughts and prayers.
Amelia (Chandra's sister)