As far as the treatement goes, Kate did the best she's ever done with all of the pokes and prods! She braved the finger poke, eyes clenched shut and teeth gritted but without tears. Kate received IV chemo, Vincristine, and a new chemo drug called Doxorubicin. That Kool-Aid red medicine can make the kids nauseous, so she also had some Zofran, an anti-nausea medicine. Although she wasn't psyched about the lumbar puncture with intrathecal Methotrexate she managed it well and for the first time ever we spent the 30 minutes after the procedure (where they force a drugged child to remain in a flat position to avoid post tap headache) without any fights. Maybe she was extra tired, perhaps they gave her more medication but whatever it was I hope that we duplicate that next time. After the LP, Kate laid on her back and even slept for part of the time. It was heaven. When it was all over Kate had had it though (understandably so). Her patience was gone and she was a little grumpy. Neal and Belinda had wanted her to talk after her treatment she wasn't up for it and we didn't push our luck. Here are a few more shots of her moment in the spotlight.
Kate and Belinda Skelton. Kate wasn't shy at all and hopped right up on Belinda's lap when she asked Kate to. They totally bonded. Belinda is trying to hook her 5 year old boy up with Kate.
Kate really got into it by the end. She put on the headphones and was moving the microphones all around. At one point, Neal got up and she took his seat!