5.22.2011

Update, Long Overdue

Spring is always such a busy time and this year we have been able to enjoy it without chemo- we've been to the horse races (The Queen's Cup in Charlotte), to the aviation museum, and finally planted a few containers of herbs and flowers for Mollie and Lucy to tend.


Mollie had her monthly follow-up appointment last week and I am happy to report.... nothing!  All of her counts were normal! 

Still, there are little things that I wonder about.  She has now had two allergic reactions to sunscreen- swelling & itchy red rash.  We have tried two different types of sunscreen and only reaction only seems to happen when she gets a lot of sun AND is wearing sunscreen.  With the advent of hot weather, we are trying to get to the bottom of this!  For now, we are just keeping her covered with hats, glasses, longsleeves, and shade as much as possible.  She never had this before chemo and I wonder if her immune system is a bit confused.

Also, she continues to have the occasional bloody nose.  Dr. J. is not concerned since they are small and stop very quickly.  She may have a blood vessel close to the surface and hot, dry air irritates the skin.  She had this same type of bloody nose before she was diagnosed with leukemia, but never during chemo, so it bothers me a lot!

She also had her first dental appointment in a long time- the oncologist discouraged this during chemo treatment because of the possibility of introducing bacteria during cleaning or other dental work.  No cavities!

That's the update for now.  Mollie is thriving at her new school and generally enjoying life!  Can't ask for more!

9 comments:

  1. How wonderful to hear that Mollie is thriving at school and enjoying life!

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  2. Fabulous! It is so good that Mollie is looking and doing great!
    Let's get together when school is out.
    Dru Swenson

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  3. Great news. The girls look like such the pair together. Miss you guys and hope to see you soon.

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  4. Such great news, Sarah! I know we have different reasons, but I have huge sensitivities to all things topical. I am not sure about now (mine are getting worse), but as of last year, I could still tolerate Trader Joe's sunscreen. Want me to send some?

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  5. Yay, for the Kings! it is great that this spring and summer you will be able to take full advantage of happy, healthy and cute kid activities. ePh

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  6. Glad that all is well! I love the picture with the face paint. Is that an in-house job?
    In the photo in front of the Grumman Mohawk Mollie looks very animated and Lucy looks very studious as she eyes the brochure that she is holding.
    Wishing the King family a GREAT summer.
    When is Mollie out of school?
    Love to all...

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