***Our LAST ROUND has begun***
5 months 11 days ago our world changed.
Words cannot express the joy we feel knowing that this is Erin's last round of chemotherapy!
The end is near.
On Thursday my mom took Erin to Primary Children's Medical Center. Dr. Michelle Bennett did a biospy on the Cellulitis sore in her diaper area. She took two 3mm circles from the Cellulitis and sent one to Pathology and one to the Microbiology Lab. So far, all of the results have come up negative for a bacterial infection, leukemia cells, or a fungal infection. That said, the results really won't be in until Friday or Saturday since it usually takes 48 hours for the cultures to start growing. We anxiously are awaiting the results. Erin is doing really well! She had morphine and oxycodone shortly after the biopsy because her pain seemed pretty bad. Today though, she has only had oxycodone and she is so happy! The Cellulitis is looking a lot better too. Her CRP (inflammation in her blood) came back at 0.6. Normal is 0.8 so we are extremely HAPPY!
Erin and I played "peek a boo" a thousand times while we waited to start chemo.
Our nurse Amy and another nurse Cathy brought in the ARA-C (chemo). Erin was ready to show off as you can see by her silly position in this picture. She is so excited to be almost done!
Nurse Amy posing with the ARA-C.
The ARA-C going in.She gets 120 ml in each dose and it runs for 3 hours. It's a huge amount! She will get 4 doses of ARA-C. On Saturday at 8:00 am she will get a PEG shot (Asparaginase, chemotherapy) in her thigh. We are not looking forward to the PEG shot. Then they will send us home for 5 days. Her counts will start dropping while we are home. Next Thursday she will be admitted for the rest of her chemo and she'll stay for roughly 3 weeks. Then, we will be done.
All hooked up.
Happy to be starting the last round!
Erin is in room 4409. We are counting our blessings that we are here and going forward with this last round. We are so thankful for everyone's support! As I entered the hospital today it almost felt like home. I passed so many parents, doctors, nurses, and techs that we now know so well. Within a few hours of being here we had gotten a text from a friend doing her treatment in the Oncology Clinic and a visit from Marie Steele who also has a daughter with AML. We are thankful for our support group here in the hospital.
Well . . . here's to a great start!