Tuesday, April 24, 2012


We had a little get together at Greg's house to celebrate my dad's birthday.  My mom and Charise made some yummy dinner and cake.  I thought it was time to give an update on Melanie.

Her hair is still falling out.  It is pretty patchy right now.  Here she is showing some of the balding spots.  My dad brought down all of her hats this weekend.

On Saturday, Melanie was able to attend some of Kaden's baseball games.  He was playing in Bountiful, so it was not far away.  It was nice for her to be able to cheer him on!

Melanie is still doing the Levenox shots for her blood clot (which is healing nicely).  The shots are reeking havoc on her stomach.  Her stomach is swollen, bruised, and extremely sore right now.  It is hard for her to get around.  We use our stomach muscles for quite a bit!  Originally, they wanted her to do the shots for 6 months!  After seeing her lovely hematoma on her stomach, they have shortened it to 6 weeks.  She still has 3 more to go!  She is running out of areas to put the shot.  Poor girl!

I think they were trying to figure out how many bodies they could fit on one mattress.  We could hear them laughing upstairs!

A Happy Birthday to Grandpa and Brooke!

Melanie wanted me to let people know that she is doing great.  Other than her stomach, things are going well.  Her counts are starting to come up, which means the cells are ingrafting!  Now she just wants to be able to go home!

Thank you all for your continued prayers for Melanie. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

To Melanie, today was a fitting day for the title of Friday the 13th.  Today is the day her hair finally started to come out.  We thought she was going to keep it some how this time around.  However, that is not to be the case.  Hopefully, I will have some pictures to put on soon.

Melanie has been doing pretty good otherwise.  She still battles nausea and tiredness.  She goes to the hospital on Monday and Wednesday for labs.  On Friday she has labs drawn and has a clinic visit.  She has not been drinking enough water these days, so she is going to start having some fluids through her central line.

Melanie is beautiful bald, so all is good!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy 3rd B-day

Sorry we haven't been on to blog much. I know people are wondering how Melanie is doing. She is hanging in there. She is now at the point where she is just waiting for those little stem cells to do their job and take over. Her nurse Tony puts it like this. The stem cells right now are like drunkards just bumping around not knowing what to do. Once her counts are down enough, they will be like "oh, that's what I need to do" and take over. That is the HOPE!! :) Right now she is just really tired and fighting nausea. She just feels BLAH. But, this is to be expected until the cells do their job and her counts can start coming back up.

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Here we all are celebrating Mel's b-day. Charise, Mom, Greg, Kaden, Mike, Kim, Melanie, & Dad.

Kaden has the nice touch for getting Makayla to go to sleep. :) Too cute!

Happy 3rd B-day Melly!! Not many of us get 3 birth dates: 9/13/77, 2/6/10, & 3/30/12. Hoping that the 3rd birth date is the charm. We love you!

We thank you for your continued prayers and support. It means the world to us! We will keep everyone posted as often as we can.