Thanks Melissa. Monday we had clinic, and Angel's ANC went from 840 last time, to 2130. Hgb went up a little more too. No improvement on platelets, but at least they didn't drop. Tuesday she had her central line removed. Monday night I realized that we didn't get the call we were supposed to get that day to go over the specifics for her surgery. Admitting did call on Friday to pre-register her, but the surgeon's nurse was supposed to call Monday. We got to registration at 7:30 (we live an hour away), got checked in, and were given her itinerary. That's when I saw that the surgery was scheduled for 1:30, not 9:30 like we had been told. I do realize that they sometimes have emergencies come up that push the whole schedule back, but that's not what happened - they knew about the change in advance but didn't call us. Now we were there much earlier than we needed to be, and Angel had fasted since midnight (she actually set the alarm so she could get up & eat at 11 ). She wasn't hungry, but was already thirsty & would have to wait 4 extra hours. I asked if we could leave the hospital & come back in a few hours, but they didn't want us to do that. They made some calls, and said they would try to bump her up, but couldn't make any promises. They did take her back to peds pre-op rather quickly, and it was really nice, and had a TV for her to watch. Angel was excited to finally be having the line removed, but she was pretty nervous about the IV, and then having to have her blood drawn normally again (she's only had one other IV, and a blood draw - both the day of her diagnosis). 2 nurses came in to do the IV, and both said that Angel had nothing to worry about, because they could see that she had excellent veins. Angel said it didn't hurt as much as she had expected. What she didn't see, that I did, was the nurses sharing concerned looks, and shaking their heads. The IV was in, but wasn't working. The nurse couldn't get a blood return, so she decided to flush it, and that's when it really got painful, so they removed the IV. The other nurse said she'd do the 2nd one. The nurse had some difficulty getting it in, and the nurse & I could tell that Angel was in a lot of pain, but she didn't complain at all. There was a blood return this time, but the nurse couldn't get it to stop bleeding, and then her arm became swollen, so the nurse had to remove the IV. The nurse went and got some other staff, and said that there was no way anyone was going to try a 3rd one while Angel was awake, because she had been through enough already. They decided that Angel's weight was low enough that they could use some options they usually only use on younger children. Then the anesthesiologist came in & told us she was very concerned about removing the line at all, because they may not be able to draw blood through Angel's veins. She asked us a bunch of questions, and when we told her that the clinic Dr. had just told Angel yesterday that she could chose to have her blood drawn with a finger prick, that was enough for her to let Angel have the line removed. She said that she could actually use the line to put Angel under, then they could put in the IV for the 3rd time while she was asleep. This is her arm after 3 IV atttempts: This is her line: Nurse told us that it would probably be around 11 when they could get her into surgery, which was better than 1:30. 5 minutes later the Dr. came in and said they were ready for her. He said that there was a possibility that scar tissue may have grown around the line cuff, and that would determine how long the surgery would be. They took her at 9:30 - which is when it was originally scheduled. Surgery only took about 5 minutes. Dr. came and told me that there wasn't any scar tissue, and they hadn't even had to use any stitches. She was really happy that they brought her juice in recovery in a Disney Cars Tervis style cup with a twisty straw, that she could take home. It was really nice not to have to do dressing changes this week, after having done them 3 times a week for 10 1/2 months. I know it's a month late, but Angel had wanted me to post a Thanksgiving picture, and I didn't get the pictures on the computer until now. Here she is playing Pin the Hat on the Turkey. She's had the headband she's wearing since she was 2, and wears it every year.