Monday, January 21, 2008

Maintenance Round 2


Kate had her last appointment on the 17th and we found out that her blood counts finally started trending up. Yea!!! She had an ANC of 850 with hemoglogin at 10.2, so it looks like we won't have to decrease her chemo doses if the counts keep coming up.

She had a lumbar puncture with intrathecal chemo and IV chemo too. She did feel pretty yucky after the visit though which is pretty par for the course on procedure days. My friend Whitney had brought us to our appointment from the hospital and picked us up too. Thank goodness for her and her quick reflexes or else Kate might not have thrown-up oustide of the car. I positively hate to see Kate sick to her stomach because I feel helpless. I imagine that I feel a lot like those passers-by and they stared as us on the side of the road.

This week has brought another round of steroids and with that some stomach pains but she is mostly feeling well now. She'll be happy to stop the steroids and get back to the next 3 weeks of usual meds.

This is her routine for the next 3 weeks:
6 Mercaptopurine every day
Zantac twice a day
Prednisone every day for a week
Bactrim DS twice a day 3 days a week
6 Methotrexate every Thursday
IV Vincristine in 3 weeks

7 comments:

Carters said...

Kate,
Hang in there sweetie pie! We love you very much and think of you everyday. We finally got Meagan to keep her bracelet on and she loves to show it to everyone and she makes sure everyone in our family has theirs on.

The Hatch Family said...

Hi, Kate! We had so much fun with you at Disney World...it was so great to spend time with you!

We love you so much!

The Hatch Family said...

Hi, Kate! We had so much fun with you at Disney World...it was so great to spend time with you!

We love you so much!

Kari said...

It is always so wonderful to hear that Kate is doing well!! Give her some big hugs for me ... I can't wait to meet her in person :)

The Skelly Family said...

Sorry about the vomiting part. all snuggled up in a cozy pink coat during a snow sounds nice, though. Good thing the yucky part passes!

Been waiting on news about the marathon runner..how did that go?

Kasey said...

Yeah, Kate! We love to hear about your progress. Hope you feel better soon.

BIGSKYBLAST said...

Kate, you're a trooper. Even when you're not feeling well you are still ready to have some fun. Keep smiling, girlfriend!