Friday, November 16, 2007

Sweet Dreams

We are home from La Jolla and everything went well. We drove down early yesterday and had time for lunch in the village on a patio with a view of the ocean. It was a beautiful California day, so it made the day seem almost like we were on vacation. At least for a short time. Then we went to the Gamma Knife Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital and met with a nurse, then the radiation oncologist. Kelly was a little nervous after watching a video of the whole gamma knife radiosurgery. She realized what was involved having her head fit with a frame that would have to stay on the entire time (which is attached with pins.) They sent us to the hotel with "a happy pill" to help Kelly relax that night. She was so cute - very smiley and giggly at everything.

Friday morning we arrived at the hospital early and the anesthesiologist met with us and told Kelly she could be asleep for most of the morning, and when she wasn't asleep, she wouldn't care what they were doing. Ahh, the marvels of modern medicine. This made Kelly feel much better.
The morning went much faster than we expected. After she was fitted with her frame (while sound asleep) she was taken to MRI. This is what they use to plan her treatment area. Dr. Loudon went over her MRI with me and showed me what their plan was. Before we knew it, they were done and he seemed very pleased with how everything went. She says the only things she really remembers are dreams she had while she was asleep.

She is pretty sore from the pin sites and we are using ice packs to help her through today. She should feel better tomorrow. She has been very brave through all of this. She has gone through more than any 15 year old should have too and doesn't complain.

They will watch her now and do an another MRI in about 6 weeks. She will continue on her current chemotherapy plan. Thanks for all of your positive messages. They really help Kelly feel better.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so happy it is done and over with! You are such a trooper Kelly!!! And your mom is right! You have been through more than your fair share. I am glad you were able to sleep through everything,and I hope all of your dreams were pleasant dreams! We had a great time visiting with you last week. We will have to do it again when you feel up to it! Love Debbie Meyering

Anonymous said...

Yeah Kelly - So glad today is behind you and all our prayers are being answered. Yes, you are brave and a hero to all of us! Thank you Kathy for taking such good care of your girl. Hugs to all the Laude girls and know we are all blessed to know such an awesome family! Glad dad will be there soon to celebrate all you have to be thankful for!
Love, The Turner family

Amy said...

Wonderful news! Kelly, your bravery is an inspiration to all. We are praying for you everyday. Love, Matt, Amy, Stephen and Lauren

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly, I hope your dreams were "sweet" dreams. Many "sweet" dreams are in store for you in the near future, so hang in there, they will become a reality. I'm so glad to see how truly blessed you are with so many people who love you. You are very special.
We love you...
Rebecca Garcia and Family

Kathy said...

Hi Kelly!
I am so glad I got to be here and go with you for your gamma knife radiosurgery. Usually I'm checking out your blog from my own house and can't just look over and see you sleeping so peacefully! You have been quite a trooper through everything, and I have witnessed that first hand over the last couple of days! You must get that from your mom because I've seen that same spirit in her over these last months. Thanks for letting me come visit you - I'm so glad I get to come back soon for Christmas! And the rest of my family is too - I know they wish they were here too!
Love & Hugs,
Aunt Tracy

Aunt Jenny & Uncle Bob, Kylie & Ryan said...

Hi Kelly,
So glad to hear everything went well and you're back home!! Hooray for happy pills and being able to sleep through part of the procedure!! Even without happy pills, you are always giggling and smiling through it all! You are amazing!!

Lots of hugs and love to you and the whole family!

Kath, thanks for the wonderful update! I know we'll all sleep well knowing today went smoothly and you're back home! Hope you will all sleep well tonight also!

Sweet dreams to all!

Aunt Jenny, Uncle Bob, Kylie and Ryan

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,

So glad all went well with the
procedure. You are such a brave young lady!! You are in my prayers everyday.

Great Big Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Dear Kelly,
You were really brave for all that you were going through. I miss you.
Krysta N:-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly!

It's really great how you were so brave through that procedure. I don't think I could ever do that. You are braver than I have ever been! I'm serious. For being fifteen years old, I think that you're braver than most adults. :)

Your friend,
Bradley Nitinthorn

Anonymous said...

Wow, Kelly. You are the bravest and strongest person we know. We're praying that the gamma knife surgery is successful. So cool that the stitches are out. Glad that Dr. Muhonen didn't use a 9 iron to take them out, though. It sounds like he and Dr. Loudon have great senses of match yours! Sweet dreams tonight! Love Colleen Coon and family

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,
Everything you've gone through has always been with such bravery and an amazing attitude. Our family is definitely inspired by you!!
Please let us know if you or your family need anything. We are always here.
Love & Hugs,
Vera & John-Noel

Anonymous said...

Hello beautiful Kelly,
You are an inspiration to all of us. You are such a special young lady. We are so glad you got through this. Looking forward to seeing you and giving you a BIG hug. We love you and miss you much.

The Davar Family...

Nancy said...

Hi Kelly,
So happy your "Adventure" went so well. As we say "better life through chemistry"-haha And to have your Aunt Tracy and family(I hope) be here must have been great! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with everyone and know that next Thanksgiving you will be looking back on all of this and saying "Gee, I'm glad that is over!" You're a beautiful young lady, keep smiling! God Bless! Happy Thanksgiving Laude Family!
Love, The Nicolosi Family

Lori Tonick said...

Hi Kelly,

I am so glad your procedure is behind you. You are so brave and such an inspiration to all of us. You a such a trooper! We are all praying for you everyday.
Much love,
The Tonick Family