Friday, April 1, 2011
sleepovers and music
Day + 8 and Gabrielle is doing 'amazingly well' according to the doctor. All of her symptoms from the chemo and low white blood cell counts are all very typical and are being managed by the nurses and doctors. We are keeping our fingers crossed that no random infections occur, or mucositis, and now as we wait for her counts to come up, I hope with all my heart that no chronic rejection takes place with her immune system rejecting the new cells growing in her body. It is hard to really relax about it all, but I make the most of saying 'she's having a good day' and try not to get too excited as we still have a long way to go.
Gabrielle had 2 music therapy classes this week and she loved them! I missed the first one on Tuesday, but I got to be with her for her second one. Erin, the music therapist brought her guitar and two shakers for Gabrielle. Erin was amazing as her voice and guitar injected the room with so much energy and life; I couldn't help but cry. Gabrielle was so interactive and loved shaking her little rattle, cooed and smiled the whole session. I can't wait for next week's session.
Gabrielle also had a sleepover with her Auntie Julie and was so excited she decided to stay up nice and late and wake up real early to spend as much time with her Auntie. Julie sent me an email with the funniest picture of Gabrielle. Her email read: "Hi!!! Miss everyone but we're having lots of fun without you! xoxo"
The two of them were fast asleep when I got back to the hospital in the early afternoon. So cute - thank goodness I had a coffee for Julie to wake her up! It was so nice for Regan and I because we got to actually see each other and we even got to be in the house together at the same time. You should have seen the look on James's face when he woke up in the morning and saw both of us drinking a cup of coffee together in the living room! Too funny. It's hard to believe it's been 3 weeks that my sweet Gabrielle has been in the hospital. I can't wait to have her home and to have my family all in the same house.