Friday, December 21, 2012

What a Day!

What a day! One we were so happy to see!
After nine long months,
Elena had her central line removed today!
No more painful dressing changes!
No more flushing the lines at home!
In two short days, showers can start again! YAY!

We thank God that Elena has never had an infection with her line, that her line functioned well for most of the time, and that this line saved her from countless needle pokes! We also thank God that she will be able to put this part of her journey behind her!
 Our reminder to flush Elena's lines

  Where Elena's line enters her chest and
then goes through a vein to her heart
 How the nurses are able to access Elena's line
 Our chest of medical supplies
needed to care for Elena's lines

 Flushing Elena's lines at home for the last time!
 Elena this morning - feeling no pain - ready for surgery!

 Elena after surgery - feeling good!

Elena with our friend Erin
She is three years post BMT!
Erin was one of many at CHOA
who took great care of Elena today
 NO more reminders needed! Woo hoo!
Elena happy to be home
with another souvenir from the hospital
Thank you for praying for this day!

"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."
Psalm 126:3


  1. congrats, what a great step!!! xoxo The Slater's

  2. So thrilled for you Elena!!! So many small things we all take for granted!! I know that having you home is all your parents really wanted for Christmas!! All is calm, all is bright!! Merry Christmas!!!
    Lisa Fredericksen

  3. Praising the Lord for this day, His hand on Elena and wishing a Merry CHRISTmas to each of you. Love from The Hertz's