The cough is just a cold. It sounds bad to me, but none of the doctors are worried about it. They plan to go forward with chemo starting Thursday. The cough is still bad, but it's not in her chest, it's not RSV, and it's normal. Luckily, the doctors are very understanding that this is our first baby, and she has never been sick (like most "normal" babies), so this is all new to me on top of the cancer. I have license to worry more than others.
The swollen fontanel was a false alarm. I learned today how exactly to check it: she must be upright and calm, and NOT wrapped in a baby carrier that compresses her body. Anything that raises her blood pressure or changes the displacement of fluid in her head can affect the fontanel, and that is exactly what was happening. So, no shunt. Again. Whew.
She passed her hearing test with flying colors. Both ears tested well. Baby ears are tested for resonance from tones played to the ear drum. The feedback is measured to determine if the ear structures are functioning properly. We have to check her hearing frequently because one of the chemo drugs is "ototoxic", or is likely to damage hearing. I have a feeling it is only going to get harder as she gets older; today she slept through the whole process, but I doubt that will be the case for much longer.
She also had her first port blood draw. It was so much easier than I had anticipated. Because the port is completely under the skin, it is easy to access and less likely to be infected. We use a lidocaine cream one hour before access is needed, cover it with Press and Seal wrap, and it is ready to be painlessly drawn from. She didn't even flinch when they stuck the needle in.
So after a long day of appointments, she is home, coughing and sleeping. I am taking a bath to relax after all the running around. Tomorrow we pack. Thursday, chemo.