When we got Skylers counts today his ANC was way too high. They want to keep it anywhere between 800 and 1300 but his was 5500 so they upped the dose of both of his oral chemos. Im hoping his counts will drop soon, not too low but low enough to know that the drugs are actually working. Everything else went great. The doc said he looked so good and I didnt have too much to talk to him about because he isnt having fevers anymore and he is acting great. He did have to go down to RTU for another lumbar puncture for chemo in his spine today though. They didnt have his Vincristine ready for us before we went down this time so we had to come back up to clinic for chemo afterwards, but we were still out of there in four hours. On our way up to clinic when we first got there I ran into one of the resident docs that took care of Skyler in the PICU and she could not believe it was the same kid. She told me that he was truly a miracle.
When we first get to clinic Skyler always gets weighed first thing. His weight went up from 16.4 kilos to 18.4. Awesome! I remember when I had to hold him to get weighed because he wasnt strong enough to stand on his own. This picture makes me smile because he has come along way.
They also have to see how tall he is. The dosage of his meds depend on his height and weight.
He has done this so much that its no big deal to him now.
Im the one that usually draws his labs because I like it done a certain way so its just easier.
Not sure whats up with the face, silly boy but I threw this one in there because I normally dont even see his scar anymore where they took out his spleen because Im so used to it. When I saw this picture I was kinda shocked at how big it actually is. He sure has a lot of battle wounds, good thing he's a boy.
This is down in RTU waiting to go back. They got out some robots for him to play with to keep him busy. He was getting really antsy waiting around because he was so hungry.
After he falls asleep in my arms I leave and wait in the hall. I usually here him start crying back there for mommy before they come get me, but today he took longer to wake up. When they took me back there he was still sleeping so they had me wake him up. Right when he woke up he wanted the usual crackers, cheetos and root beer slushy. He told me today that he likes the sleepy medicine now because he likes feeling dizzy before he falls asleep. Oh boy Im in trouble.
Finally we went back up for vinc. This is just a quick push so it doesnt take long at all. Next month he doesnt have to get a back poke so it should be even quicker. He is so happy about that. He is not a fan of the hurry up and wait game.
Other blogs I read usually put their kids stats on here every clinic visit. I never did because he got labs drawn so often that it was just a pain, but I'll start that now so I can keep track for myself too.
Normal 1.5 to 8.5
Normal 150 to 400
Normal 34.0 to 40.0 (30.5 is still really good for a cancer kid)
Normal 5.5 to 15.5