July 14th, 2013. Day +856.   5 comments

DSC05745It has been a busy month for the Elske clan.  Charlotte and Molly have been loving the warm and sunny weather and have been spending as much time outdoors as they can.  Both of them are still enjoying playing DSC05720together and are getting along so well.

I was able to spend a week in Canada in June on my fishing trip and we all had a swell time.  During that week, Grandma Wagenknecht took a spill at her house and tore a few tendons in her ankle.  She will be spending another month in a boot but the Drs think she should heal well on her own.   Grandpa Elske came back from the trip and had his gall bladder removed since it was giving him trouble for the last few months.  He is about fully healed and is doing well.   Then on July 1st, Grandma Elske had surgery to have her hip replaced since it has been very painful for several months.  She is now out of the hospital and is doing well but she has a long road ahead of her with rehab and exercising it.  Grandma and Grandpa Wagenknecht have been stepping in for Gma Elske and watching the girls while Amy and I are working.  Charlotte and Molly love having them around and are enjoying the quality time they are now getting.

Charlotte started summer school last week, and she loves it.  She gets to take her lunch with her this time and she is doing so well with that.

This past Thursday, Charlotte had her first clinic appointment since early March.  Dr Diamond was very pleased with how good she was looking and she continues to grow as she should.  We received some information about the chemo regimens she endured and the side effects associated with those.  We now have a roadmap for watching out for those side effects over the rest of her lifetime.  Her CBC numbers were DSC05722wonderful: 5.6 WBC, 12.5 Hemoglobin, and 233k platelets.  Dr Diamond wants to see her again in another 6 months.

The girls and I just got back from Chicago tonight.  We spent another weekend down there visiting with Erin, Charlotte’s bone marrow donor.  She was in Chicago for the weekend from Philadelphia so we couldn’t go without seeing her!!  We had a wonderful night Saturday night and spent most of the day together today until we needed to get our tired girls back into the van so they could rest on the way home.  Erin is such a blessing to all of us.  Not only do Amy and I think the world of her for what she did for Charlotte, but both of the girls absolutely adore her.  Yeah, I think we adore her too.



Posted July 14, 2013 by L. Elske in Uncategorized

5 responses to “July 14th, 2013. Day +856.

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  1. What a beautiful sight to behold – two gorgeous, healthy little girls, their mommy and the person who selflessly gave of herself to give life. Blessings abound!

  2. Hi Erin! So glad you could all see each other again this summer! What a wonderful new “tradition”. Praying for all the grandparents to heal quickly!

  3. LOVE your post–made me cry and have goosebumps… hugs to all!

    Cheryl Batterman
  4. YAY! So great to hear such good news and that you’re having a great summer. The girls are both growing so fast! Hope all the grandparents are recovering quickly and will be back to normal soon. Erin must realize by now that she’s officially part of the family – after-all she & Charlotte have a connection that binds them forever!

  5. What fun pictures and a blessing to see that everyone is so healthy and having a wonderful time. I love that we can all keep up through the blog. I wish I could have been there to spend time with all of you and hope that I can be there in the future. Thank you so much for including my precious Erin in your lives as I know she adores you all. God bless and prayers for healing for all of your family. Blessings, Sherri

    Sherri Van Dorn

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