Thursday, August 19, 2010


Katie's port surgery was a smashing success. She was in and back out of the hospital before she even knew what was happening. The idea of the surgery, of losing the port that had been with her for so long, was scary for her. She was very brave about going in to have surgery, but every now and then, she showed us that she was actually quite afraid. She would get upset and tell us that surgery was scary and that she was afraid of having her port out. However, when the doctor put the grape smelling gas mask on her, she went right to sleep without any complaints. When she woke up after the surgery, she had another moment of fear and told us that she was afraid of having her port out. She was quite shocked when we told her it was over and that her port was gone.

Her recovery has gone very well. She has showed no signs of discomfort or infection. In fact, she had some regular Tylenol at the hospital on the day of surgery and hasn't had any since. We were sent home from a prescription for Tylenol with Codeine, but we didn't have to fill it.

Today, we are headed back down to Fletcher Allen for a follow-up appointment and her end of treatment party. The doctors and nurses in the children's specialty clinic are actually going to throw a small party for Katie today to celebrate the fact that her treatment is over.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Going Strong

Katie is really doing well now that her chemotherapy has stopped. All of the follow-up appointments have shown that her body is recovering exactly as it should and there is absolutely no sign of cancer. I can't think of any better reason to smile. :)
Katie will have her port removed on August 13th, just seven days before she celebrates her fifth birthday on August 20th.