Friday, April 11, 2008

Curses...

This has been the pattern for the last few days, Kate wakes up feeling well in the morning. She is playful until the early afternoon and then poops out. Today, about 2pm, she started complaining of a headache and sure enough she had a fever again! They took more blood cultures and now we won't be going home tomorrow (insert heavy sigh here). Her ANC was slightly lower still today (at 410) but she has a lot of monocytes which indicate that her bone marrow is working. I sure hope that the ANC goes up soon because we can't leave until it does or until she stops with the fevers! Her virus panel was all negative and her blood cultures have been negative to this point.

In good news, I spoke with her doctor today who has a way of calming my fears. He told me that we are planning on a bone marrow aspiration on Tuesday to see what the marrow looks like (translation-to be sure that Kate hasn't relapsed and that there are no leukemia cells). In the same breath though he reassured me that she looks good and that even if we do a bone marrow it will probably be just fine. That talk definitely made me feel better about waiting until Tuesday for the procedure.

In other fun news, The Humane Society brought puppies to the hospital to play with the kids. Kate was in heaven with those little guys and didn't even mind them crawling all over her. I felt so grateful for those volunteers who made our day a lot brighter with their hour of service. Here is a picture of Kate holding Linus.

4 comments:

Carly said...

Kate looks so adorable in that little headband. Hope things start looking up for you guys!

BIGSKYBLAST said...

I remember Kate playing with those pups LAST April. I think it was the only smile I saw from her that week. SOOOOOO glad they allow that activity at the hospital.

Hang in there Kate. You're LOOKING good!

(Hang in there, too, Carolyn and Jason! We're all pulling for you)

Kasey said...

Let's hear it for volunteers and distractions. These must be some long days for all of you. Hang in there Hansens!

Anne Hatch said...

So sweet...I love this picture! Give Kate a hug for me!