The last 11 days have been great! Liv never got nauseous after her first dose of the new chemo and her taste buds have actually slowly been coming back to normal now that she is off the 6MP chemo pill that she took in Consolidation.
Her personality was pretty much normal and she had lots of smiles and laughs 🙂 She does still like to throw a gigantic tantrum whenever I leave the house, but the second I’m gone she is totally back to normal for whoever is watching her….little stinker 🙂
We didn’t do a whole lot the last few days, I knew her counts could be dropping so I wanted to be sure we weren’t too risky. We went to see Daci run her school 5K and she enjoyed getting out to do that. We also had a dentist appt. The last time we went to the dentist she loved it, so I didn’t anticipate any problems. However, I think she has been traumatized by all of the doctors visits, and it didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped 😦 She did great for the X-rays, but as soon as she had to lay back in the chair she kinda flipped. She started crying and wanted nothing to do with them cleaning her teeth. They were great, and just let her sit up and brush with a regular brush and water and the dentist just peeked in her mouth.
Over the weekend she got to have a sleepover at her Yia Yia’s house with Daci and her cousin. She loved it!
Randomly she woke up one morning with a big black eye. We have NO idea how it happened and it kind of freaked me out that maybe her platelets were low and she was bruising easily. I called the nurse and she said she would be surprised if they had gone from how high they were, to that low, after just one dose of the chemo. So, we still have no clue how it happened. Haha.
Her nurse was set to come do labs yesterday (Thursday) and Liv was so brave! I was really proud of her. She really hates to get accessed, I don’t blame her, but she was tough and only whimpered and cried out for a second. We got the call later that afternoon with her counts:
ANC: 2000 (Day 1 was 3200)
WBC: 3.7 (Day 1 was 5)
Hct: 30.4 (about the same)
Hemoglobin: 10.1 (about the same)
Platelets: 426,000 (they actually went up a little bit)
The ANC is what they are watching for this round. If it falls below 500, she can’t receive her chemo. Even though 2000 is lower than it was on Day 1, they were still happy with that number. They said it was really good for where she is at right now.
Today for clinic she was great! It was the first time that she didn’t have to sit on my lap for everything. Yay! I start to get really claustrophobic with her hanging all over my for those few hours that we are there, so it was a nice and pleasant break to have her sit in the chair all by herself 🙂 She smiled a little more, and answered the nurses a little more as well 🙂 Good job, sweet Liv! They increased the chemo dose this week, they will every time, as long as she is handling it well. We continue to pray that she will do well on this round, that she won’t get nauseous or have too much pain, and that her counts don’t drop too low. Thank you for all your love and support!