Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cinic Visit Countdown - 6

Kate has had a cold for months but over the last week her cough has been getting worse and worse.  She has also been complaining quite a bit about headaches and stomach aches which is unusual for her.  Last night she was up for 2 hours because she couldn't stop coughing and her chest hurt - probably from all of the coughing.  This morning when we woke her up for her appointment I started to get nervous when she said that she felt terrible and started crying.  I put my hand on her head and then a thermometer in her mouth which read 101.  Bummer!
Today's clinic visit was supposed to include a lumbar puncture with intrathecal methotrexate, IVIg transfusion, Vincristine and IV Pentamadine. Since Kate awoke with a fever, vomiting and headache none of that happened.  Instead, she got blood cultures drawn, a chest x-ray taken, a viral panel done (water squirted up her nose and sucked back out - yummy) and IV Rocephin (antibiotic) to cover her until the cultures come back.  The chest x-ray looked ok and her ANC was 4000!  Our nurse practitioner thinks that it is so high because her body is mounting a response to her illness.  With all of the symptoms she has, I'm betting this is a virus.  At least her ANC isn't below 500 which necessitates a 2 day hospital stay.  Resting at home is better than the hospital any day!  
In clinic they gave her Tylenol and Zofran and she started perking up even before we left.  She's sleeping now and will hopefully just continue to feel better and that pesky fever will stay away! We'll go back next week for the lumbar puncture and the rest of the medications.

28 comments:

Amy M said...

I heart Zofran. :)

The Smiths said...

Little Kate, you are in our prayers every night! We love you!

Garrit said...

Poor little cutie, hope she gets feeling better:) Millissa

Mary said...

No way! I hate that old cough.

Love to all.

Simple Thingz said...

I know the wonders of Zofran !!

Thanks for keeping us up to date with her progress. I think about her all the time. :)

BIGSKYBLAST said...

Miss Kate, hope you're feeling better by now...You're such a good sport.

Heidi said...

Poor girl! And poor mom and dad! Hopefully she gets over her bug soon and life can return to as normal as can be!:) We will keep her in our prayers!

(On another note... we are still waiting to see some wish pictures!)

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