It's out!

Posted by Matt King:

Hi everyone, we will have a proper update with photos shortly, but wanted all to know that Mollie's surgery (and ear piercing!) went well today. She was given a little morphine for the discomfort but is otherwise fine and excited about some post-operation pizza. Aside from Liam's birth in January this is probably one of the best days we have had in a long time.

Thanks for reading!


Clinic Update and other highlights from early November

Some of you know from Facebook that Mollie's application for secondary insurance through the state of North Carolina was declined.  Boo!  Georgia has a much more generous program (called the Katie Beckett waiver) and I am so glad that we were there when she was diagnosed.  Definitely a low point, but we're moving on.

Highlights from the previous week include:

The weather 
We are having wonderful fall temperatures, beautiful skies, and brilliant foliage.  We pulled out our jackets to wear in the morning, but we shed them by the afternoon.  It is such a welcome relief after a sweltering summer!  We have enjoyed leaf-peeping in the parks near our house as well as the enchanting botanical gardens at UNCC.

The fall harvest festival (almost right in our backyard)
Lucy and Mollie enjoyed riding Freckles the pony and petting the goat, goose, chickens, rabbit, and piglet from a local farm.

Matt and Mollie went to see the Panthers play the Saints last Sunday.  The Panthers are terrible, but Mollie doesn't care!  She is their biggest cheerleader! She composed numerous cheers for the team in her notebook and demonstrated them for us.  She is one cheerleader that I appreciate!

Matt took Lucy to see Davidson play football yesterday while Mollie went to a birthday party.  She was very brave and gave a high five to the mascot!

Clinic (Yes, clinic).
Mollie had clinic on Tuesday and it went very smoothly.  Her ANC is 4400!! and all other counts and blood chemistry are normal.  She is growing taller and slimmer and is feeling good.  We got some tips for handling her dry skin and scalp.  Dr. J. and I discussed doing a neuropsych evaluation (recommended for anyone who receives multiple doses of intrathecal chemo- probably will do it about a year from now) and scheduling Mollie's echocardiogram to monitor her heart function (recommended for those who have received adriamycin- done annually).  We go back in a month for another check-up and the port removal surgery is ON for this week!

We hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!  Please keep Mollie in your thoughts & prayers on Tuesday WEDNESDAY as she undergoes her surgery.  Tuesday is on my mind because I have to get everything ready by then!