Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ellie is Walking!

Yup, you read that right. There's a whole lot of this going on at our house...

Dancing to Peter Pan with her sisters.

Ellie loves going to physical therapy, and even though she has only been twice, she has made huge strides. When she went this past Monday, I carried her in and stood her on the floor. Without even thinking about it, she took a few steps. I think she then realized what she was doing and immediately stopped. But, the following evening she started walking again on her own, and she hasn't looked back since.

Ellie at PT

She still has more to relearn, but in the past week we have seen her regain her balance, try to run and overall manipulate her body in ways that she could not do a few weeks ago. We truly feel that your prayers are what is helping Ellie heal and adjust so quickly and easily to everything that she is dealing with. Thank you.

Last Thursday Ellie had another LP to administer chemo to her spinal fluid. Everything went fine. Ellie is very calm for a 2 1/2 year old, and seems to understand now when I tell her that she cannot eat until the procedure is over. From various conversations I have pieced together with the nurses, I think she is a favorite patient in the day hospital.

Waiting for her port to be accessed so she can go to sleep for the lumbar puncture.

Waking up after the procedure with Daniel Tiger.
It was chicken fingers again this week.

The older girls seem to be doing a bit better over this past week. Eva is almost finished with school (this Tuesday is her last day), and recently there has been a lot of swimming in the afternoons. I am looking forward to getting everyone on a new schedule for summer, or as best as we can with doctor/clinic/day hospital visits.

As always, please continue to pray for Ellie's complete and permanent healing, with no short term or long term side effects from the treatment. 

Thank you for your love and support for our family.

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