We are hoping to start Maddie’s last high dose chemotherapy Monday. If her counts are good enough (please let them be!) to start, we will have at least two nights at the hospital. Last time we got this chemo, Maddie had a high fever and nausea, which are common side effects. She was miserable the entire time we were there between the fevers, the steroid eye-drops 3 times a day, and the intramuscular shots into both thighs at the end. So we hope it goes better this time, but mainly we will just rejoice that we have finished all of her hard chemo. Because of the fevers though, it is possible we will get stuck in the hospital for a little longer than is planned. That’s okay as long as it isn’t too long….and maybe we will get our favorite night nurse (you know who you are!), which makes the nights there much easier.
Maddie has been doing pretty well this week except for her sleeping. She is cutting all four of her canines and another tooth right now. Sometimes even in the crazy life we live, the normal baby/toddler stuff makes life interesting! Her hair has started falling out again so I will be posting lots of pictures because I love her having even just a little bit of hair. So I have been a little camera-crazy lately. So we will say goodbye to the hair again until around the holidays (if I have finally figured out the pattern).
Hopefully this gas crisis ends soon; I think I have enough to make it to the hospital!
So wish us luck on good blood counts Monday and an easy, uneventful last (planned) hospital stay! Please continue to pray that our baby stays cancer-free forever! We are coming up on 11 months since diagnosis this week, which means she has been getting chemo for half of her life. But if chemo keeps cancer cells away, we’ll take it!
Love to everyone,
Liz, Brandon, and Maddie