Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Quick Pix, Part 2

Elle has had a pretty quiet week. Getting filgrastim shots to up her white count after the chemo from 1.5 weeks ago. Going to dance class. Raising 100 different kinds of hell. The usual stuff.

But today Beth and Elle went out for breakfast at a local Saco eatery called The Golden Rooster. It's awesome for many reasons, one of which is that they serve breakfast all day. Elle wanted pancakes. She got one. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Elle got out of the hospital on Friday and is doing well in her post-chemo recovery. She had one bout of vomiting (or as Elle said "I did the barf.") but her Zofran seems to have kicked in and hasn't done that since Friday evening. She has a slight foot-drop issue with her left foot, a side-effect of the chemo meds. But she tends to somehow make that go away in a few days. She attended dance class this morning and by all accounts did just great. The one thing I have noticed is that she gets a little more tired the first day or two after she finishes the chemo. Now, though, that has vanished as well and she is running Beth and me ragged...again.

There was one upside to Elle going to the hospital...the reintroduction of the ages-old game of Fishy-Whip! (Yes, the exclamation point is mandatory.) I believe it was first played by the Vikings in the Sixth Century and then permeated throughout Europe before being lost to memory during the Black Death 600 years later. But now, here it is recreated for you by Beth and Elle. These are Beth's pictures and comments below. It is, by all accounts, a rollicking good game and much better than Shin Whacking or Catch the Greased Weasel. Enjoy!

The age old battle of Fishy-Whip!

Where you slap your opponent with a stretched out Swedish Fish...

Until you can no longer take being pummeled by a gummy...

Or Elle eats the fish...:)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Back To The Hospital

Elle has her next round of chemo starting tomorrow. The entry day was delayed two days so she could build up her white cell count. This is the rougher of the two, the doxorubicin/cisplatin combo. She'll likely throw up once or twice, and have to take anti-nausea meds for a day or two after she comes home.

On the upside, the delay meant Elle could go to her first dance class of the season. Following are two post-practice photos. Keep Elle in your prayers and thoughts tomorrow. She's tough as nails...but every bit helps.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Quick Pix

If you have ever wondered what kind of outfits Elle wears to her doctor appointments...

And if you were wondering what she looks like when she is bored and about to raise a little hell...

These are from this morning. Elle has to get another ECG (a standard procedure) to make sure that the chemo isn't affecting her heart. Some of the meds can play with the heart if they aren't flushed promptly and properly from the system. Which is why it's great Elle has the two lines; she can get her chemo and flush at the same time.

The photos are courtesy of Beth, who has the toughest job in the world right now; wrangling a bored Elle.