I could blame a raucous Chinese New Year celebration for my blogging delinquency, but alas, the reality of my life is not nearly that exciting. Truth be told, it has been a busy week mostly for a very exciting reason (and a few assorted not so exciting reasons). I have been spending hours on the computer and phone working on plans for our first big trip with Addison! To celebrate her 1 year birthday and 1 year post-transplant – wow that is coming up so soon – we are going to Italy…finally. After our last-minute cancellation last year (which I wrote about HERE and HERE), we have stayed very close to home. This is the longest Aaron and I have been on the continent in years and it is a big milestone for us to be able to plan a trip with the little princess.
Addison has been hitting lots of ‘firsts’ already! She enjoyed (sort of) her first few snow days. She celebrated her first Chinese New Year with some of my mom’s delicious dumplings – jiao-zi are a traditional CNY food and my mom’s are mmmmmm good. She received her first red pocket money from Uncle Scott and Lao-lao and Gong-gong. She went to the Vancouver Aquarium for the first time. Whew!
On a less exciting note, Addison’s puffy face made another appearance on Friday so we had to go back to Children’s Hospital for a visit with her pediatrician. There is some concern the blood flow through her right neck arteries/veins could be partly obstructed due to those giant ECMO cannulae that were placed there. This means another trip to the hospital this coming week for a neck ultrasound and then an MRI down the road just to check it out.
Oh yeah, and those Tacrolimus levels (as I wrote about HERE)? Sigh. Her latest blood work has her level at 6.7 – still not ideal. So the dosage has gone up AGAIN…5.5ml/twice a day. More blood work in a few days.
We are definitely looking forward to a little dolce vita in less than 3 months!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison