So this Thursday was not a great one for Kate. She is having a lot more tummy aches and nausea with this round of treatment and wasn't thrilled about going to the clinic twice in 4 days for chemo. On Monday she had to go to the clinic for two IM (shots in the thigh) chemo doses. Then yesterday, she went back for 2 IV chemo infusions. (It is no wonder she isn't feeling as well this round). I also think the steroids are altering her personality a bit and that she is kind of sick of the process.
I have to tell a story for a second so that I can vent. Kate is kind of sensitive about her port site anyway but yesterday it seemed to bother her even if nobody was touching it. She complained to me about it hurting her while we in the waiting room but it looked fine to me. It really hurt her when they were accessing the port and she cried. They had a hard time getting good blood flow but when they did things seemed to go smoothly during the treatment. There was no swelling, redness or bruising only pain. When it was time to deaccess Kate, she complained that it hurt again and really started crying. The site continued to bleed for a few minutes afterward and it required the nurse to hold gentle pressure. The nurse really was being gentle but Kate was getting all worked up and began crying harder. The kind of crying where I can't get her to look at me and she goes to another place.
Finally when it was all done, the nurse asked Kate if there was anything that she could do to make her feel better. Kate asked if she could choose something from the prize box and the nurse said no, that those were only if you'd had a procedure. What?! Did she not just ask my child if there was anything she could do? Give the steroid pumped child, post chemo treatment, a freakin' toy from the prize box! I left with a crying Kate and Ava on my hip. The day did get better though. Kate took a 3 hour nap and woke up in better spirits. I just hate to see her go through days like this!