Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fun times and another treatment

It is hard to believe that it is June 7th. Time has flown by. From May 28th until June 4th we were able to be in SanDiego with the whole Chipman family. It was a wonderful family vacation!! Jessica's counts were at a great point the day we left and we had no complications the entire time, just a very happy little girl and family. The beach house, one day at Sea World, one baseball game, pictures at the SanDiego Temple, and hours and hours of sand, sun, sea shells, family time, and the kids favorite...sand crabs, made a perfect trip! We were all a little sad the day we had to head for home. Sunday afternoon, the 5th, Jessica's blood was drawn and her counts looked great. Her hematocrit at 26 was low, but not a problem for chemotherapy on Tuesday. We left Sunday evening because of a kidney test (GFR) that had to be done at 9 a.m. Monday. It has to be done 24 hours before the start of one of the drugs, Carboplatin. (sp?). Jessica was admitted today at 1 p.m. 2 drugs, Cytoxin and VP 16 have been given. We will be here until Friday as the drugs are given each day for 4 days. Jessica's kidney function was not quite where it should be. The dose of Carboplatin would need to be lessened. Our Doctor decided to do another test over a 24 hour period. By tomorrow afternoon we will make the decision whether or not to give the carbo. It is only given on one of the four days, so it will not affect the amount of time we are here. Because Jessica only has one kidney it is a worry. There are many things to worry about. We just want the very best for her and sometimes in medicine there isn't always a perfect answer for everything. Just very grateful for good doctors who try so hard and give so much time to better the lives of others!
I have so much updating to do and many wonderful pictures to share along with some funny stories, memories, and acts of love by family and friends. We love you all and know that Jessica continues to do so well because of your many thoughts and prayers!


  1. I am so happy your family got to spend some much needed time away from home....having some real fun! So happy to hear that her counts were good and that she is doing well! Good luck this week.

    Thinking of your family always,
    The Mogles

  2. Yay! I am excited to see pics. I am glad to hear she has done so well. Love you guys!