Monday, December 27, 2010

Hanging Out

Christmas was a traveling whirlwind. Good times, but not a lot of free time. We arrived back in River Falls yesterday afternoon and got Julia admitted to Minneapolis Children's Hospital this morning before 9:00. I've got some good Christmas pictures, but since I'm sitting in a hospital room right now (feet propped up on Julia's bed, her in it playing her DS, and Mandy napping on the couch), I won't be able to post them to the blog quite yet.

As I posted about a few weeks ago, a test result caused the doctors to tweak Julia's chemo treatment to the stronger side. That tweaking will mean a number of week-long, daily chemo treatments, which are usually administered inpatient. We did find out that it is possible to do these treatments outpatient, as long as she seems be handling them fine. We aren't sure how we feel about that though. She needs two hours of fluid, then an hour each of two chemo drugs, then another couple hours of fluids. Driving everyday would mean those six hours for Julia plus another two or more in the car. Our plan right now is to see how things go for the first few days and then make a decision after that.

We're hoping that the worst part about this week will be trying to not get too bored. Since Amanda is off from work this week, she'll be staying more at the hospital than me. I'll be trying to squeeze in a few days of work. My dad has again agreed to spend the week hanging out with Finn and Skippy, even if it meant spending his birthday (today!) away from home. The plan is that I'll leave the hospital early enough this afternoon to make it back to RF in time for a three-generations-of-Kauths guys night out birthday supper.

I hope to update again within a day or two to let people know how Julia's handling the new chemo and with some Christmas pictures.


Anonymous said...

I'm hoping the worst all of you have to deal with is boredom! It was wonderful having all of you in central WI for the holidays. Sending my love and prayers to all of you. Love Grandma Colleen

Anonymous said...

Thinking of all of you...good thoughts and prayers being sent your way :).


Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to post pictures and updates! It helps those of us so far away to feel a bit closer. Julia is the queen of hats - she will be beautiful no matter what! Sending positive, healing energy your way!
Love, Aunt Sandy

Anonymous said...

Nice feet Dad. Looks like Mom had a good nap. Julia, did you win your game? We are all missing you. Even Raider. She has been searching everywhere. And she misses Skippy. Grandpa had to play with the purple rope tugging. It wasn't the same as Skippy and Raider. Many prayers are being said for all of you. Love, Grandma Beth