Sunday, March 1, 2015

Physical therapy isn't (ouch) too bad

Now that the brace has finally been taken out of my life, I have started physical therapy to get me off of crutches and back on two wheels. After the first two sessions, I discovered that I will be sore after PT -- but not as sore as I thought I would be.

Physical therapy isn't (ouch) too bad

Now that the brace has finally been taken out of my life, I have started physical therapy to get me off of crutches and back on two wheels. After the first two sessions, I discovered that I will be sore after PT -- but not as sore as I thought I would be. Also after only two sessions, I can use just one crutch to walk a short distance. If it isn’t a short way, I have to use two crutches.

Some more good news: I am one report away from being done with school for the year! I have just finished a 3-page report for language arts. Now, I just have a report for science and then I will be done with 6th grade. I still have to do what my school calls “summer choice,” which is when we have to pick a few projects or workbook pages to do over the summer. The goal is to get a total of 10 points; each of the assignments is worth up to three points.

In my last blog, I forgot to say thanks to Jenelle of Musicians On Call. I had just gotten to my hospital room on the first day of my last admission for chemotherapy when she came in and asked if she could sing me a song. What a voice she has! Jenelle is an opera singer and sang “My Dear One” in Italian to me. It was so soothing.

 


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About this blog
Rachel Kovach, 12, is a seventh-grader at Mother Theresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands, N.J. She lives in Highlands, N.J., near the Sandy Hook national seashore, with her parents, Mari and Kurt Kovach.

Since first grade, Rachel has been swimming with the Monmouth Barracudas, a year-round competitive United States Swimming Club program. She hopes to continue competitive swimming after her cancer treatment; if not, she envisions coaching someday or maybe a career in medicine. Figure skating and jazz dancing have been big parts of her life. One of the things she hates about being in the hospital is missing her dog Cocoa and her many friends.

Rachel's doctors

These are the key physicians overseeing Rachel’s care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:

Naomi BalamuthNaomi Balamuth, pediatric oncologist, specializes in treating pediatric sarcomas, a subset of solid tumors.

 

 

Richard B. WomerRichard B. Womer, pediatric oncologist, led studies of the latest chemotherapy treatment protocol for Ewing’s sarcoma.

 

 

John P. DormansJohn P. Dormans, M.D., chief of orthopaedic surgery, is an international expert in the surgical treatment of musculoskeletal tumors.

 

Timeline of Rachel Kovach’s Treatment

Dec. 3, 2010: Pain in Rachel's right knee is initially diagnosed as tendinitis.

Jan. 20: An MRI reveals a tumor in right leg.

Jan 24: Rachel sees John Dormans, chief of orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Jan. 27: A biopsy confirms Ewing's sarcoma.

February to mid-April: Regimens of chemotherapy alternate every other week. The three-drug regimen is given over two days; the two-drug regimen is given over five days.

May 3: Surgery replaces most of the right femur with a prosthesis.

May 5: A Children's Hospital team will help Rachel get out of bed.

May 10 to September: Alternating regimens of chemotherapy are to resume.

Around May 10: Physical therapy will begin in the hospital and continue for at least several months after Rachel goes home.

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