Elliott was discharged from the hospital this past Sunday evening. He has had a little nausea since then, but he appears to be responding well to the chemo. No mouth sores yet, but he does seem to have some discomfort. He gained close to a pound this week, bringing him back to his mid-November weight. He is tiny, so this is a big deal for us. Elliott has been very active all week and is starting to show signs of frustration at his limited mobility. Hopefully this will encourage him try walking on his own soon.
The hospital happened to throw a Christmas party for the oncology patients this past Saturday. Both Elliott and Laurel were already at the hospital, so we decided to stop by. This was Elliott's first time at an event with more than eight people since Laurel's birthday party a few days before he was diagnosed. He was a little worn out from his treatment and was not all that interested in the festivities, but he clearly enjoyed the chance to be out of his hospital room. Because these hospital visits have been for treatments, and not because he was sick, Laurel has been able to spend a lot of time with him in his hospital room. It has been good seeing the two of them play together.
Kyllan put up the Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving, but we never found a good time to put the last few ornaments on and light the tree. With Elliott out of the hospital the kids we were finally able to put on the finishing touches and light the tree. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.