Sunday, May 17, 2009

This is a long one!

For those that have asked me about Bree's tests, I'm apologize for not posting yet. We were able to go in last Thursday and get her final tests done. She had an MIBG scan, bone marrow biopsy, bone marrow aspiration (taking a tiny piece of the bone out) and blood work. She also received an antibiotic via IV (pantamadine) that will last her the next month so she doesn't have to take any meds by mouth. Everything went pretty well. We were in and out in about 4-1/2 hours.

As for results, we'll go in tomorrow to hear about her scans and some of the bone marrow results. There is another test called the MRD (minimal residual disease) that will look for any microscopic neuroblast cells in her bone marrow. This test takes a little longer so we may not have that result until Wednesday. I will most likely do one post when I have all the results. We are praying that we'll hear the word "Remission" this week!

As for now, to get my mind off things, I'm updating on stuff that's been happening around here lately. First, let me start with Caleb's spring festival. It was April 24th. Caleb had such a blast. His school does such a great job. He & Gunner went rock climbing, jumped on the bouncers, danced, and played games until their pockets couldn't hold any more candy! Here's a few pics:
Here's Gunner on the rock wall. He got about half-way up. Not too shabby for a 4 year old!
Caleb's all harnessed and ready to go! Hey, who's that studly, handsome, hot man? Wow, I wish I had a guy like that! Oh, wait, he IS mine!
He did pretty good...with a little help from the hot guy!
As soon as the DJ started the music, Caleb dropped what he was doing and ran straight over to the music. He started dancing all by himself. I loved seeing him bust a move!
This is Caleb's teacher, Miss Amanda. She is such so wonderful. She came out and danced with Caleb even when no one was dancing. Now that's a good teacher!
It's safe to say Miss Amanda is his first crush! He just adores her!
Then, almost 2 weeks ago Gunner got to celebrate his 4th birthday. He is all about good guys vs. bad guys so we had a super-hero party! Actually, it was the funnest party with the least amount of work. We set up the trampoline with a sprinkler underneath, had water balloon games, pizza & cake. Gunner was so excited for his cake...I think he wanted cake more than presents! Here's a few shots of his party:
I think Justin is getting the better end of the deal here. Although the boys LOVED this!
My 4 year old, pizza stained face and all!
This cake is definitely not my best work, but I dont think Gunner cared, all he could see were his new "guys!"
These masks were the party favors. Who knew the cheapest things were the best for little boys? Spiderman to the rescue!
We let Caleb ditch out on school so he could enjoy the party. He had so much fun with all the kids!
Last but never least, Bree enjoyed her first bath in over 7 months. Since she had the broviac I couldn't bathe her normally because the bandage couldn't get wet so we just sponge bathed her until now. I dont have a bath picture that is appropriate for the internet so I took some pictures of her in one of her 20 swimsuits yesterday. She's giving me her future supermodel pose!
Until the next time when hopefully you'll be reading about Bree's cancer being in remission!


agravette said...

Yay! I'm so glad Baby Bree is doing well and that the tests went well. I'm praying that all the tests show that she is indeed in remission. I love all the pics too! Your babies are just beautiful. God bless you all!

Travis and Marie said...

I adore that little caleb and his love for dance and music...what cute photos...what a great family you have....I am praying for remission for you...

Nuestra Familia said...

Fun party Gunner, I love the theme and all the water fun. Your boys are the best climbers. Caleb's hair looks wait cute on him. And Bree your supermodel is so pretty. Love you guys!

The Driggs said...

I love all the pictures! I love the Caleb's hair is a little longer. It looks so cute! Love that Gunner is all about good guys and bad guys...the super hero party was the perfect idea. And I am so glad that Bree got to take a real bath! She looks so cute in her swimsuit. I just love her smile. I'm praying for the best for you guys!

Anna said...

Kari, I'm so touched by all the love and attention you give to each of your kids. I'm sure that each of them feels very special in your eyes. The superhero b-day party should have featured you and Justin as the superheros...because that would be the truth! :) Hang in there. I'm hoping for good results for Bree.

Ben & Heather said...

I LOVE the pic of Caleb dancing. I caught myself swaying in my seat looking at them! Good luck with Bree's test results we'll be praying!

Steph said...

Fun pictures! You have such cute kids. Glad the tests are over. . . dying to hear the results. Still praying that it's gone! We love you guys and are always here for you no matter what.

Rach said...

Hoping and praying for remission!! The boys are too cute! Looks like they had a blast.

Alisa Larson said...

Darling picture of Bree! I can't wait to hear the results. We will be praying our little hearts out!

Kelly said...

I love all the pics! Ryker loved the party! Thanks for inviting him. I hope you are doing good today. And Bree looked so cute in her little swim suit! We will have to swim this summer! Love ya

JakenDebbie said...

This was a great update!! You have been so amazing about making sure you still keep things "normal" for Caleb and Gunner while things have been so crazy with Bree. You are awesome!! I love the birthday party pictures!! And the rock climbing looks awesome! Bree looks great in that last picture...we are praying for happy results!!!

Wendy said...

Great birthday ideas, I have a 4 year old birthday coming up in 2 weeks, hmmmm. We will pray for remission this week. Bree looks so precious in that swim suit. I love her beautiful smile!

Melissa Bosen said...

Just have to tell you that Evan was standing here next to me as I was looking at your pictures again. He saw the one of Gunner's cake and said, "That is a COOL cake!" Thought you might want to know!