Thursday, May 15, 2014

CYCLE #4 Done!

     It is absolutely unbelievable to be able to say that Our Little Hazelnut has completed the 4th round of Immunotherapy and we are looking to only ONE MORE TREATMENT!!!  When we were facing that very first round of chemotherapy last April, it somehow seemed impossible for us to believe we would reach this point, let alone even think about it.  And now we are here and the toughest (Lord willing) is behind us!!  The first week of Round #4 went extremely well for Hazel and with very little side effects. I however was suffering from one of the worst head colds that I have had in a very long time and truly relied on the support of the nursing staff that week.  Thankfully by Sunday, I felt much better and was ready to brave the second week of this round.  It was such a blessing that I recovered because it was an immensely difficult week for Hazel.  She suffered through terrible hives accompanied with itchiness, coughing spells that required three separate breathing treatments, fevers, swelling, discomfort and restlessness.  Her creatinine levels began to rise, yet again, signaling possible loss in kidney function.  But your prayers got her through and her body was able to balance back out again and we did not have to stop the infusion because of this issue like we did last time!  Unfortunately, on Thursday (the day before she was supposed to complete the treatment),just as we thought we were in the clear and were going to finish every last drop of the medications, she developed an infection in her line and required us to stop the infusion!  The doctors were even concerned that her line would have to come out.  This would be unfortunate because she is so close to the end of treatment and will have the line surgically removed when she is done, but if it has to come out now, then she has to have this one surgically removed, a new one surgically put in place, only to be surgically removed again at the end of treatment.  So they sent us home on Saturday (not Friday as planned), on an antibiotic that must be infused into her line every 8 hours.  When completed, they will check her line again in the hopes that the infection has been eradicated and her line can stay in place.  So please pray for good results!!




     Once the infusion was stopped, Hazel began to feel a great deal better and even had a couple of wonderful visitors stop by and cheer her up! 
Taylor Swift!
Princess Elsa, from "Frozen"!

     Now we have been home for almost a week and Hazel continues to feel well.  We spent last weekend preparing our new home and getting it cleaned because we are finally moving in this coming weekend!!  So we have been very busy trying to prepare, but we could not be more excited!

Friday in the hospital, she felt so much better!





20 comments:

  1. That hair is just the cutest!

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  2. Please bless Hazel and continue to feel better!

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  3. Dear lord please Bless Hazel with a healing we love her as you do..

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  4. Thank God all is well, Ive been thinking about her every day & praying for good news xxxx

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  5. It's amazing to see how far she has come. Such a strong little princess. Way To Go Hazel!

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  6. So many prayers and so much love sent to Hazel and her family. God has been with you from the very beginning. Soon, your beautiful daughter will be Home Sweet Home.

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  7. Oh bless her precious little heart of hers. She had been through SO MUCH and CONQUERED everything out in front of her. Such a BRAVE little warrior princess she is!!!!! So very proud of all she has accomplished.. xoxoxo

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  8. Cyber kisses sweet little one. I'm sooooo happy to read this. <3

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  9. I'm so happy for all of you. Hazel looks wonderful in the final picture. The hives looked so bad. God loves Hazel. She has fought a great fight. Thank-you so much for keeping us posted on how Hazel and your family are doing. I love her hair and the hair bow. Can you post a new family photo soon. Good luck in your new home.

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  10. I'm so glad Hazel is feeling better. It looks like she had a rough couple of days. I pray everything goes well and her LAST treatment goes smoothly and she doesn't have any rough side effects.

    God Bless,

    Janet

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  11. Thank you for the update. Praying for your amazing Hazel !

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  12. jasmina from swedenMay 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Beautiful child, I am praying for you every second of the day....

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  13. Hazel, you make me feel like a child. You are sooooo much more brave than I and I'm so proud and blessed that your mommy allows us to follow you and that mean old illness . What's most amazing is watching you punch it in the nose and keep fighting. You are going to win you know and we will all celebrate , especially Jesus!!!!! YAY!!! Stay strong , mighty girl. One of your many friends from Team Hazel, Deborah Pease-Bell

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  14. I just pray and hope for Hazel's FULL recovery already!! God has been so good throughout this long and painful process, and she has been so strong.. Prayers for the family and Hazel as well, always. She looks so cute!
    XOXO

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  15. Blessings to you all. Hazel is so strong and lovely!

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  16. just fall in love with that face wishing you all the best of health hazelnut everyday forever xoxo marie

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  17. She recovers so well from the battles she fights with these treatments! I hope and pray the antibiotics do their magic so she won't have to get a new line. I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better too, and I hope your move goes smoothly. God bless all of you, and especially your darling Hazel. From Maureen Hendricks Charlotte, NC

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  18. so glad she did okay after all that pain my poor little nut hugs and prayers mom dont overdo the work in new home

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  19. God bless our little Princess Warrior Hazel! What I wouldn't give to take her hives, fevers, pain and infections! She is such a little fighter, and inspiration. I know that God has big and amazing plans for her, and I can't wait to see what they are!! Y'all enjoy your new home and all of the happy, new memories that you will share there as a family. Sending Hazel all my strength and love today, and prayers for the entire family <3

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