Hello fellow followers,
We are home and doing great. Liz just came back from having sushi with her cousin-in-law Rich. She went shopping yesterday with her grandmother, looking for hat to replace the hair that is coming out. On Sat. she had her friend Brittany spend the night.
While in the hospital, Brittany and her mom Cindy came down to visit; they were involved with all the practical joke that Liz, Leah, Critter, and Bobby were playing on unsuspecting parents and staff. I watched them on Elizabeth's computer and just laughed.
On to more serious stuff-yuck-. We will go this Thursday for her four hour test, the GFR. This test is done routinely before every admit with the high dose Methotrexate they will also draw her blood to see if her count are high enough to receive the Methotrexate. Platelets need to be 75k and her ANC 750. The GFR is to make sure that her kidneys are functioning properly and will be able to handle her admit on Tuesday, April 14, this will be the last admit with high dose Methotrexate.
Our next move is into the Delayed Intensification, that's right INTENSIFICATION. That word says it all. Three of the chemo drugs she will receive, Vincristine, Daunorubicin, and Pegaspargase, will cause all of her counts to drop for the 57 plus days she will be in this phase. She will also be on the ARAC or as she fondly calls it "AR stinking C". This drug is what through her in the hospital at Christmas.
This drugs side effects are flu like symptom, aches, fever, nausea and several others that come with most of the chemotherapy's she receives. The others side effects are more dangerous to the body's vital organs.
We will continue to enjoy this reprieve from the debilitating side effects of the other chemotherapys. Each day is a blessing from our Lord whether we are sick or healthy. Spring is a time of rebirth and growth. It is a gift from God, a treasure to behold, new life for all that has been dormant for the winter. A time for Liz to live.
Please continue to pray for:
The patients, families, and staff that work so hard to heal these children.
minimal side effects.
she is a go for April 14.
Lizzy's overall health.
Blessings and continued prays,