Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Well, it's been awhile since Rachel has posted on this blog.  I guess that's what happens when a teenager beats leukemia, has a successful bone marrow transplant, and finally gets to have some normalcy back in her life.  She's been busy planning assemblies, finishing her Sr. year of high school, applying for scholarships to college, playing volleyball, and chilling with her friends.

But along with normalcy comes little "bumps" in the road.  Last week Rach started with flu like symptoms--dull headache, low-grade fever, aches and pains.  We figured she was catching the cold we'd been passing around our family.  On Thursday we found out she had a virus.  They put her back on Acyclovir, a drug that helps you fight off or keep viruses at bay.  (Especially bone marrow transplant kids)  Anyway, we came up to clinic on Monday a.m. to have them check her out...and we landed in ICS!  Luckily, all her labs look good.  They're giving her more concentrated doses of Acyclovir via IV and hoping she can go home in a few days.  I must say that being admitted again brought back a whole bunch of different emotions.  It's not near as traumatic as our first stay here when we were first diagnosed.

Rachel is itching to spring out of here, but comforted to know that she will not be staying her 25+ days that she used to each round of chemo!  We will keep you updated on her progress.