Cami was thrilled to learn about her CamiStrong bracelets!
Giant thank you to Kaitlyn for thinking to order these for us!
Cami is hooked up to her IV almost constantly
She has daily physical therapy to keep her little muscles as strong as possible through this process.
So what's the plan? Things were a little up in the air at first and we STILL wont know EVERYTHING until we get Cami back into remission, but we have a MUCH better understanding of what this battle entails for our Cami. First, she will have to go through 3 rounds of intense, inpatient chemotherapy (we are just finishing up the first round now), we will get to go home in between each round for about a week or two while Cami's bone marrow and blood cells recover. Once we make it through those 3 rounds, we will go in for the bone marrow prep (which includes more chemo and radiation) to clear out and prepare the bone marrow cavity. They told us that they will basically take Cami to the brink of death with the chemo/radiation (to the point where they know her marrow will never recover on it's own), then they will rescue her with the new marrow. We were really hoping that Caden (little brother) would be a match, but he is not. Cami's bone marrow team has looked into the registry and found some really great options that are potential donors for Cami. They need to dig more into each donor, but they feel confident with what the registry has to offer.
Cami has been given a handful of chemotherapy, most of which she has seen before. The chemo is the same, except it is double or triple the doses she got the first time around. The one new chemo and most toxic is Mitoxantrone. The nurses call this the blue devil as it is potent and nasty. This is the bad boy that dropped her counts for so long, hence our long stay in the hospital to keep her safe. Here are the listed side effects of this nasty little chemo: Low blood counts 1-3 weeks after treatment, mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abnormal liver function, urine turns blue/green, the sclera (white part of eye) may temporarily turn blue/green, hair loss, skin rash, fatigue, increased heart rate, heart muscle damage, and headaches. YIKES! No wonder they call it the blue devil!
Cami got the blue devil on day one
Her little body just gets worn out
Around day 11, Cami's counts had dropped and she needed a red blood transfusion.
Thank you to all those selfless people who give blood.
It save's our Cami's life after the chemo kills all her cells.
Obviously another side-effect of chemo is hair loss. Since Cami has done all of this before, she knows what is coming. She told us she would love to color her hair sunset colors before it falls out.
Huge thanks to my long-time friend Emily (owner of Salon Revive) for researching non-toxic hair colors and getting this done in such a hurry!
She was so happy with the end result!
Cami has kept busy and happy thanks to some great family and friends,
lots of visitors and so much support.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Truly, each and every one of you are pulling us through this!
Caden loves and misses his sister, when he visits he is so worried about her and he tries to be very gentile. They are the sweetest together. We just love that little guy of ours...
"how long have you been in?"
"what's your favorite hospital food?"
"want to be friends?"
It was seriously adorable!
Cami got a bald moxi doll and she LOVES it! She named her Katie and she takes her everywhere!
Oh, and of course Froggy goes just about everywhere too.
While her counts were still high enough, we were allowed to go for walks and play in the little oncology playroom.
a plain sheet of paper and colored pencils are her favorite right now!
It was coming out like crazy and she decided it was time to shave it.
Of course, Froggy watched with a thumbs up for his Cami!
There's our sweet bald girl.. oddly enough, I have missed that little bald head.
Of course Daddy got a buzz cut too.
Here she is getting her very last chemo ( in this round)! YAY!!!
Cami has had a great attitude for the most part. Yes, there are days where she sits at the window, looking out at the world and cries just wishing she could be out there. There are days she wonders why this had to happen to her, but for the most part she wears that big beautiful smile. She handles this with such spunk. She is my hero.