Cee has been tolerating her Ensure off and on lately.  We try to have it available as much as possible to encourage her to take a sip here and there.  Every calorie and vitamin counts!  Unfortunately, Elle has taken to sneaking sips of Cee’s “chocolate milk.”  It doesn’t matter that we give Elle her own regular chocolate milk.  She […]

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For the first time in…weeks? months? Elle convinced Cee to play babies.  As they tucked in their little dollies, there was no mention of doctor appointments, blood work, or medicine.  Just blankets and naps and all those things Cee hasn’t thought about in a long time. And it made me smile. Sure, she only played for a few […]

December Cee

Whenever Cee throws a fit in front of doctors or other people, I’ve been wishing they could meet December Cee —  Cee before she was sick.  December Cee answered questions politely and loved to tell people how butterflies use their proboscis to drain nectar from flowers.  She smiled at strangers and told terrible knock knock jokes.  (Knock, knock.  […]

Part of Cee’s plan includes taking medicine twice a day.  We gave her the first home dose, and she threw it all back up. :S  Not only did we lose the medicine, but we lost the one chicken nugget, two bites of pudding, and glass of apple juice we managed to get into Cee since being home.  […]

A Diagnosis!

  The rheumatologists just left, and they brought us a diagnosis. The MRI looked good–no damage to the bone or cartilage in her ankle.  That means there’s no infection.  According to the rheumatologist, Cee’s official diagnosis is Reactive Arthritis. We had been leaning toward Juvenile Arthritis, but that’s a long-term illness.  The rheumatologist thinks this is […]

…because it made me paranoid. I’ve got enough regular stuff to worry about without being concerned that: -The hospital will have an outbreak of Ebola, and we’ll be put under lockdown. -I’ll go to the bathroom and Cee will go from fine to cardiac arrest. -Cee’s condition will be stable, but during a routine test David […]

First the positive:  Stephanie has generously offered to take off work for the rest of the week so Moe can stay with us!  Elle will still go back to Iowa (and she’ll love her time at Grandma’s), but this way I can be the one waking up with baby Moe during the night.  I have to give a […]

Cee has seen so many doctors that we joke about playing “Doctor Bingo.”  We could fill in a bingo card with all the different specialty doctors we’ve seen.  Today we met with teams from Orthopedic Surgery, Rheumatology, Hematology, and Infectious Disease.  They’re concerned that the swelling in Cee’s ankle may be an infection, so tomorrow they plan […]

It’s over.  The bone marrow biopsy is finished. So we wait. Cee was a champ through everything.  Before the procedure she got some “I don’t care” medicine in her IV.  David, my mom, and I were there.  Cee figured out how to cross her fingers and smiled a lot as she stared at us.  It was a […]

A Stay at Mayo

We’ve been at Mayo since Friday.  Cee was unimpressed with the ambulance ride and having to get an IV again… St. Mary’s feels a lot like Avera in atmosphere, only bigger.  There’s definitely the same emphasis on quality of care and less emphasis on the flashy unimportant things that we’ve seen other hospitals value. And […]