Friday, December 21, 2007

Maintenance Month 3

Kate went to the clinic today to begin month 3 of maintenance. She received her usual IV Vincristine and had her counts checked. Her ANC was even lower than last time at 510 so we are seriously praying that either her counts come up or she doesn't get a fever over Christmas! (Nobody wants to be in the hospital at Christmas.) Her platlets are lower too but the hemoglobin is great at 10.
Right now Kate has a cold and productive cough but she certainly doesn't seem sick - unless sick looks like a girl jumping on a trampoline for an hour a day! She continues to be happy and is very excited for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Follow Up

I just got the check last night from Kate Hansen Day at Chick-fil-A and thought I'd fill you in on the final total. Drum roll please...............

The profit was $1470 plus an additional $170 in cash on December 1st! We are immensely grateful to the owners, Greg and Laurie, for their generosity and kindness. What a wonderful thing they did for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on behalf of Kate. I can't wait to turn my check into the society!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Feeling Good

So Kate is back to feeling well again (as you can see by this picture where she and Ava are playing reindeer). Gratefully her illness was short lived and wasn't accompanied by a fever or a trip to the ER! She's back to school this week and even feels good enough to go to gymnastics too.
Last night I previewed Jason's Christmas DVD and cried all through the segment on Kate. (It will be hard for anyone not to cry when they see it I think, so prepare yourself). As I watched her over the past year I couldn't help thinking what an amazing little girl she is. I am so lucky to have her in my life and have her goodness rub off on me just a little!

Sunday, December 9, 2007


Kate came home from school at 11 am on Friday saying that her tummy hurt and that she felt nauseous. After a Zofran (anti-nausea) and a 3 hour nap she seemed better so I chalked her tummy ache up to the 8 pills she had taken that morning.
Her appetite has markedly decreased over the last 2 days and she has continued to complain about her stomach hurting at various intervals. She mostly seems well though so we haven't paid it to much attention.
Then last night she came into our room saying that she was going to throw-up. Thank heavens that little girl knows to go downstairs to get a bowl because she sure needed it. We kept her in our bed with us and through out the night she was sick 3 different times.
A boy in Kate's class went home on Thursday and was later diagnosed with strep throat. She is also complaining of a sore throat but doesn't have a fever so we are going to hold off until the morning and then probably head into the clinic just in case.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Clinic Visit

Kate had a clinic visit today and overall she is doing well. Her ANC is 680 which is still above that 500 mark of neutropenia but it is makes me nervous. She was nauseated last night (don't know why) and has a little cold so maybe those are contributing to the low counts.
I am drilling it into her head that she needs to wash her hands and keep them away from her face. We don't want to end up with a fever and hospitalization at this time of year for sure!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Kate Hansen Day

Our local Chick-fil-A is owned by Greg and Laurie who are some wonderful people. Their marketing manager, Angela, is also an amazing lady who came up with the idea of a Kate Hansen Day at Chick-fil-A. They advertised for the day on their business marquee, on our elementary school marquee and distributed flyers to all of the local elementary schools. They put a donation bucket on the counter at the restauant and pleged to donate a perecentage of the total day's sales to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Kate Hansen. We were there from 12-2 and it was packed! The customers had to park in neighboring business parking lots because it was so busy.

It was neat for Kate to have so many friends stop by and show their support and amazing for us to again realize how many people truly love and support her. We had church friends, swim team friends, preschool friends, elementary school friends, TNT friends, neighborhood friends and teachers come out for the day. When Summer, one of Kate's little friends saw her, she ran up to Kate smiling and said, "It's your day Kate!". Kate just beamed back and said, "Yep".

We are so grateful to Greg, Laurie and Angela for putting this on and for being generous with their time and resources. I'll post the final donation amount as soon as I find out what it is. Yea for Kate Hansen Day!