Thursday, January 8, 2009

Monthy Dosing

Kate's clinic day, for January, fell on the New Year holiday, so we were rescheduled for the 5th. This clinic day brought on another lumbar puncture, IVIg transfusion, Pentamadine and Vincristine. I never cease to be amazed by how well she does with the lumbar puncture. She is drugged, but definitely awake and while she feels the pokes she cooperates. That is a lot more than I can say for my patients!
Kate really looks forward to the alone time with me and so I was concerned about how she would feel about bringing Emmett along. Gratefully, Kate doesn't put Ava and Emmett in the same category, because she exclaimed, "I get to be with him the whole day" when I told her that I needed to bring Emmett to the hospital. Whereas she repeatedly asked me "when was somebody coming to get Ava" the last time I brought her. I didn't make that mistake again once it dawned on me that those hours in the clinic are all about Kate (as it should be)! She needed me to be focusing on her and thankfully Emmett cooperated with the plan.

We were a little surprised to see her counts lower this month. She had an ANC of 670 which is hovering right around the hospitalization number. We weren't sure if her constant cold was the reason or not but we just going to pray for no fevers. Kate just keeps on going no matter what and that gives us comfort. Until the 29th...

4 comments:

Wendy Niceler said...

Here's to a New Year with high counts!!! They'll pick back up:)

BIGSKYBLAST said...

Hopefully the crud will let us long enough for the counts to move up again.

Jen Stowell said...

Let's hope this year goes fabulously!!

Kerri said...

It's true...we really can't believe July 10th is so close already. And yet, looking back I can't believe what we've made it through and how long it felt at the time. Looking at Kate so happy and healthy makes me emotional. Our girls will soon be cancer survivors!