Monday, May 23, 2011

Busy!

I don't think we could have fit one more thing into our weekend.  We did everything we wanted to do, including Cosmo's run at the dog park.  Scarlett got to meet about 20 of her relatives, and loved being out in the redwoods.  She enjoyed the choir and handbell concert at church, and even tried to sing along to a few songs.  She was so exhausted last night; we got our first experience with an "overtired" baby.

This morning, we slept in, then rushed around to be at the clinic on time (I forgot to check the time until this morning...)  Scarlett is all set to begin Cycle 4 on Wednesday.  She charmed everyone at the clinic, winning over everyone who was wary of her new caved-in look.  Unfortunately, it sounds like we have another adventure on the horizon...

We saw another of our favorite nurse practitioners, Jen, who checks Scarlett before she is admitted.  She was taken aback by the new head shape (but covered it well!) and snuck out into the hall to grab one of the neuro-oncologists.  The doctor thought it looked a little low, but said that is normal, not to worry.  However, Jen, who keeps very close tabs on the little miss and wanted more, pulled in Scarlett's doctor, who she fondly referred to as "The Big Cheese".  He was not as pleased.  He said she is fine, and we could wait it out, but in the interest of long-term and cosmetic issues, wants to have neurosurgery consult on...wait for it...another shunt.

AHH!  I hate these shunts!  The old one got infected.  This one is over-draining.  They said we could wait for it to work itself out, but it may need more attention.  Either way, they will wait until after this round of chemo is finished in two weeks before we do anything.  That makes June a busy month - MRI, hearing test, hearing aids, and now maybe surgery.  Summer used to be my kick-back time!

Luckily, Scarlett does not seem the least bit bothered by her head.  She feels great!  Her latest achievement: she has a tooth!  It is just pushing through the gums, a little nub.  She can hardly keep her fingers away from it and is covered in drool, but it is so cute!  Teething brings about a whole new set of issues for her - teething is often accompanied by fevers, which can be complicated for her.  Even so, I'm so glad to see her continuing to grow.

Here's a fun little video I took today of Scarlett talking to herself...

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11 comments:

Irene K said...

oh so wonderful!!! thank you for sharing this video, I just love seeing her grow! :) Love and good thoughts from Austin TX

Michelle said...

Adorable video. Thanks for sharing. Lots of love and positive thoughts to you all.

April and Roel said...

She's really growing and progessing. Love those ruffle butt pants!

Kate said...

Thank you for the video!!! It is always wonderful to see little Miss Scarlett!

Rebecca said...

WoW! Look at how strong she is! Good girl Scarlett! I always love your videos.

Thank you for sharing her with us <3

Kelly L Boots said...

I Love baby "talk" My son is almost 6 months and he does that too. So cute! Thanks for sharing!

Janette105 said...

Frickin' cutest little babbler EVER!! And I have 2 babblers at home, too!! Lucky Scarlett...Charlie is still a toothless wonder at 9-1/2 months! Love the video!

skylac8506 said...

Scarlett is too adorable! I love the babble talk. My son just popped his first tooth and he will be 9 months on 5/26, so congrats to Ms. Scarlett her first tooth!! She is making such strides. Thank you for sharing! Sending love and prayers from the Cozza's in CT

rrc said...

Love this video--what a cutie!!! And doing so well with tummy time, too! Way to go Scarlett! Love and hugs from South Dakota--keep up the great work, little butterfly!

jennifer said...

WOW!!! She's doing such a great job holding her head up! WTG Scarlett! Hearing about all her little milestones is so much fun - best of luck with the teeth.. hopefully it's not too painful for her - stay strong!!! XOXOXOX

Jennifer said...

What a big, beautiful girl! Love love the video! Thank you for sharing it with us - my husband and I talk about Scarlett a lot and wish for her continued good progress and fast healing. We have a daughter who is 6 1/2 months old and we tell her about Scarlett too and show her the videos. :) From one new mommy to another, you are doing a terrific job for your baby, and I know Scarlett is the biggest blessing in your life. <3
Good luck with those teeth!!
Love from the Meadows family in FL