Help Olivia BEAT Leukemia!!!
By the grace of God, we received good news that, based on preliminary tests, the Leukemia does not appear to have spread to Olivia's spinal and brain fluid! We are so thankful for this blessing and pray that this continues to be the case. We know that all of the praying being done for Olivia by all of you that love her is working. Please keep praying!
Olivia is currently undergoing Chemotherapy that will last for approximately 2 years. Olivia won't be able to return to school for at least 6-8 months depending on how her treatment progresses. During her treatment, Erika is going to be handling the daily care of Olivia, preventing her from working during this time.
As friends and family are learning this news, many are asking what they can do to help. For those that are able, I am asking for support in any way possible. No matter how large or small, your individual gift can make a real impact and give them one less thing to worry about during this difficult time. All money raised will go directly to the LaLoggia family to help with medical bills in addition to their normal expenses.
Thoughts and prayers would be very much appreciated. Patrick and Erika are so very grateful for the outpouring of love and support that they have been receiving. They know that they are not alone in this. Please say a special prayer for little brother Enzo who misses his partner in crime and can only understand that his sister is sick and can't come home right now.
Please share this with your friends. I know there are people outside of my circle that want to help. I’ll update this page with news as it becomes available.
Chemotherapy was started last night and Olivia tolerated it well. A few hours later, she spiked a fever and was put on antibiotics. She doesn't have an infection necessarily. It could be her body reacting to the medication. She rested throughout the night for the most part. Today she is watching a little bit of TV and dozing on and off.
Her potassium and white blood cells have gone down enough that the doctors feel comfortable moving her out of the PICU and to the Oncology Unit, which is apparently the place to be at CHOC.
She isn't drinking much, as it keeps coming back up. It could be a gagging reflex to the NG Tube that administers oral medicine to her stomach.
They have met with an alternative medicine doctor who will work to make her feel better using some of their therapies like acupuncture, aromatherapy, etc. The chaplain came by and gave her a Jesus Storybook bible. They also met with a nutritionist.
Dad brought fresh food and clothes for mom so she can stay on her toes. Dad is going home at night to provide some normalcy for Enzo. Papa (Erika's dad) has been caring for Enzo during the morning and night.
Love and thanks from the LaLoggia family.