Wednesday, August 7, 2013

CT Scan Results

     Aaron and I just got done talking with the Dr. Tran about Hazel's CT Scan results.  He told us that her tumor has shrunk a little more than 50%!!  This is fantastic news for us!  Sometimes neuroblastoma tumors do not initially respond so favorably to chemotherapy, so the fact that hers has shrunk considerably work so much in he favor.  We still meet with the surgeon, Dr. Bliss, on the 12th and will go ahead with her surgery on the 15th.  There is something that still concerns Dr Tran, however.  The tumor is still encasing some major blood vessels around the kidney, making for a much more complicated surgery than we were hoping for.  He thinks they may not be able to remove the entire tumor, but we won't really now anything for certain until we meet with our surgeon.  Dr. Tran assured us that Dr. Bliss is very capable and just recently preformed a surgery very similar to Hazel's case, with much success.  He also said that even if we have to leave a small piece of the tumor inside Hazel's body, that all of her aggressive subsequent treatment should take care of it.  But ultimately, I know that God has her in the palm of His hand and will work through every step of the way to bring us to where He wants us.
     Today, Hazel is exhausted. She spent so much of last night crying out in some sort of discomfort, but could not verbalize what was ailing her.  Then around 4:30 in the morning, she started pulling at her dressing, and peeled it halfway off!  So we had to wake her up and change her dressing and she finally got settle back down by 6:00.  I told her it was time to sleep, but she said she didn't want to!  I was so tired at this point, that I put a movie on for her so I could get a few hours of sleep.  By the time I woke up at 8:00, she was asleep and has not woken up!  We are still waiting for her blood cultures to come back to determine whether or not she has an infection, and because she has a runny nose, we are in isolation once again!  Hopefully, once her symptoms subside, we can venture outside the room, but until then, we have to get creative!  We are also waiting on the results of her blood counts.  If they have not moved at all, we may be here quite a while.  But if they are already trending up, then we hope to be home by the weekend.
     Thank you all so much for praying for the results of the CT scan.  I feel so relieved to know that all the drugs we have been pumping through Hazel's veins have been doing their job!  I truly have been feeling lifted by your prayers and God has given me so much hope and has been blessing me with His strength each and every day.  

39 comments:

  1. What great news, brings tears to my eyes! We are all praying for Hazel's full recovery!

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  2. That is awesome;)

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  3. That is wonderful news! I have been waiting to see your post all day. Keep fighting Hazelnut!!! Praying for all of you!!

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  4. Wonderful news. Baby Hazel is always in my prayers.

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  5. GREAT NEWS AND I AM PRAYING FOR YOU HAZEL!!!

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  6. My two year old and I pray for her every night. I'm so glad for the wonderful news and hope you all get some sleep!

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  7. Think about this baby girl everyday. Love the good news! Keep amazing us Miss Hazel!! Prayers sent your way.

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  8. This is fantastic news! I have known other kids with their tumors similarly entangled - believe me, miracles will happen here. Induction response is so important with long-term survival of neuroblastoma, so this is major that her tumor has decreased so much!

    Our daughter was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma at age 21 months and completed the full protocol, including tandem high dose chemo w/ autologous stem cell rescue and ch14.18 antibody therapy combined with accutane. She has been NED since October 2009 and is starting kindergarten on Monday! HANG IN THERE! Much love!

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  9. Hello Hazel!
    My little doggies are saying " WOOF WOOF " and wagging their puffy furry little white tails for you. They are tiny little poodles and their names are CANDY, TWINKIE, COOKIE and HONEY.

    WE LOVE YOU AND YOUR MOM!

    VALARIE

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  10. YAY, WAY TO GO LITTLE HAZELNUT! I'M PRAYING FOR YOU DAILY!


    PRAYERS FROM NORTH DAKOTA

    KIMBERLY

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  11. So great to hear! Prayers for healing and a great surgery :). Sending love.

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  12. This has made my day, I've been praying a lot for Hazel.

    Support from Puerto Rico

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  13. Very happy for those news. Keep your faith in the Lord and he will take care of the rest.

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  14. Thank you Jesus!! I will continue to pray for things to continue to go well. Hugs to you and your family!

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  15. The power of prayer! Yay! Hazelnut...!! I will keep praying for you and your family.. Hugs from Illinois.

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  16. Thank you God for helping Hazel! She'll still be in my prayers that everything continues on the positive side =)

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  17. Great news!!! To Him be the glory! Continue to keep a positive outlook and continued prayers as it goes on!

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  18. Lauren be very comforted that God is on your side. My daughter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 2.5 and is now a very healthy and happy 4.5 year old girl. In fact we are celebrating 2 years cancer free tomorrow! We also went to CHLA and were taken care of by the very doctors you have now! Dont worry about the surgery; our surgeons said the same things about the risks but it is more to manage expectations than anything else. The surgeons are rock stars and wmade the surgery a complete success. We wish you and your lovely Hazel the very best.

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  19. Amen! I know that you are so happy with the good news!. We will continue to stay in prayer for Baby Hazel for her complete recovery. Be Blessed, in Jesus Name,

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  20. Thank You Jesus....will continue to keep her in our prayers for a speedy recovery.

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  21. So happy for you hazel.
    We wish you all the best all the way from germany - munich!
    You are such a strong girl!

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  22. So happy for you hazel.
    We wish you all the best all the way from germany - munich!
    You are such a strong girl!

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  23. The news sent chills through my body!! Woohoo!!! Keep being strong Hazel and family!
    Shelby

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  24. That is great news! I pray Hazel gets well soon and you continue to get good results! God Bless!

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  25. This is fantastic news! Thanks so much for letting us be a small part of Hazel's experience. People from all over the world are rooting for her recovery. Sending love from California. <3

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  26. Fantastic news! Thoughts for you from Australia :) I pray thay the good news keeps on coming! :) xxx

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  27. I am so very happy to hear this...Thank you Lord for taking care of this little angel>...God Bless you all and sending love and prayers

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  28. Im thinking of little Hazelnut every day and i pray for her.So happy to hear this news.Im sending you my love beautiful Haselnut.from NY

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  29. Thinking of you all and our little friend. May good news continue to come your way. Hope we can schedule a visit soon for Zoe and Hazel. xo Amy Ballen

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  30. Hi there! My name is Heather and I just have a quick question about your blog! My email is Lifesabanquet1@gmail.com. I will be sure to have you and Hazel in my thoughts!

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  31. What truly wonderful news, Lauren! The whole world is rejoicing with you, as evidenced by the comments that span the globe. keep on kicking cancer's butt, little Hazel, and keep the good news rolling in! We send you love and hope from Oregon.

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  32. Love and posative energy from Utah!

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  33. I'm glad everything is going good lolo..we will b praying that everything goes well during her surgery and to hear that she's cured.

    Love rosita and family

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  34. good
    thank you
    http://ct-scan-reports.blogspot.com/

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