Thank heavens, today was a good clinic day. I don't think that Kate (or I for that matter) could have gracefully handled another difficult day. (Wait, that implies that I handled the others gracefully. You know what I mean. :)) In fact, today was so good that I think someone in the clinic must have access to my blog and has read my last 2 frustrated entries. Today we were greeted by the child life specialist (a person who's sole responsibility is to ensure the child's comfort and ease - we love Christy!) who chatted with Kate for a while about nothing in particular. She brought fun toys in with her to distract Kate while they accessed her port and then returned later with about 4 things from the prize box for Kate. Coincidence? I think not. Whatever the impetus, I don't care. I am thrilled that our nurse was wonderful with Kate today and that we made it through the process without any tears. As if that wasn't enough, Kate's port - the one that was clotted in the ER - worked today without any difficulty! Happy Day!
Kate is very tired though and her counts are, "in the toilet" as they say. Her ANC is now 100, which is basically nothing and so she's considered to be immunocompromised. Her red blood cells and platlets are hanging in there so she doesn't have to get any transfusions yet. They say that in another month it is likely that she'll need them though. Also, she has developed oral thrush but that is easily treated with Nystatin liquid.
In other good news, Kate's bone pain has improved and is controlled with Tylenol alone so we are super happy about that. We also have only 1 more week of steroids to go. Yea!