Just as we had anticipated Skyler didnt make counts today. However his ANC did come up a little to .2 instead of 0. Its still extremely low but its headed in the right direction. His platelet count is 39 which is alot better than 9 so thats headed in the right direction as well. We will do more labs on Wednesday and hopefully they will be high enough to get admitted the following day.
Last night I had to change Skyler's central line dressing. He absolutely hates this. I change it about every 4 to 5 days and its something I dread because its so painful for him. I hate being the one that causes the pain but Im glad I can do it at home. To hold the line in place there are two stitches holding it to his skin. Both of these stitches have come out though so the only thing holding the line in is a cuff up in his neck. The line tunnels up through his neck and directly into his heart. Even though I am so used to doing this, its always a little nerve racking because I have to keep everything sterile so it doesnt get infected. With a little distraction from uncle Ty though Skyler did really well this time.
Skylers central line is actually a dialysis catheter. Usually oncology patients have a port which is placed under their skin. And then to access it they have to poke a needle in and attach the tubing to it. Skyler had one placed right after he was diagnosed but it ended up being pulled due to the fungal infection. You can see the scar from it on the right side of his chest. When Skyler was on dialysis for renal failure they had to replace the dialysis catheter 5 different times in many different places. This line now is the last one he had. They didnt want to pull it because it was a working line and they didnt want him to have to go through another surgery. All together Skyler has had 15 lines placed. Those are not including the many differet tubing going into his chest, belly, mouth, nose ect.