Today was a long day for her. She underwent 7 procedures, 5 of which required her to be under general anesthesia. The Doctors are more confident in the T-cell Leukemia diagnosis, but will hold off until tomorrow mid-morning when all of the results are back to make it official. Also in that mid-morning meeting we will be discussing the treatment battle plan.
If you are interested, here are the 7 procedures in a bit more detail. The first two were an EKG and Echo-cardiogram to establish a base-line for her heart during treatment. She was then put under for the next 5 procedures. Two of them were a bone scan and a CT scan to see if the cancer had spread to other parts of her body. She was then transferred to the operating room where she had her central-line (more on this in the next sentence) put in, a bone marrow biopsy in which they extracted some marrow to analyze and a spinal tap to look for cancer in the spinal and brain fluid. The purpose of the central-line is to give the medical personnel a place to easily access blood and give treatments without having to poke her in the arm every time. They do this by working through a port which is a small plastic half-circle that is just beneath Izzy's skin in the middle of her chest. The port is connected beneath the skin to a tube that has been inserted in to one of her main veins.
On another note, we have received more great reviews about the U of M pediatric cancer center from respected persons in the children's cancer field confirming our decision that this is the right place.
Thank you for all of the prayers, thoughts and efforts. We know that so many people are anxious to help. One of our friends asked if she could set up a fund for Izzy. We said yes because we want people to be able to help in any way they want. You can find more information about the fund at the following website: http://www.izzysfund.org
Hopefully tomorrow we will have a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan to post.