Good News: Scarlett's first post-surgery MRI was CLEAN! No tumor growth since January. No problems whatsoever, other than the inflammation from the recent infection. That will go away. NO TUMOR!!!!!! It is comforting to know that it seems we are on the right track so far, that our hard work so far has paid off. We wait another two months for the next scan.
Not So Good News: Scarlett needed more blood today. She just can't keep her blood counts up right now. Platelets are ok, red cells down. Hopefully it levels out soon.
Good News: She is playing with toys! She is grabbing plastic key rings and rattles in either hand and hanging on, even shaking them once in a while. Awesome progress on her hand coordination!
Not So Good News: We are not going home any time soon. We had a visit from the Infectious Disease department (add them to the list!). The consensus is that she needs IV antibiotics for at least 10 more days. THey are not comfortable sending us home on the weekend, even with home nursing, because there is not the same hospital support staff available on the weekend. Then...we start chemo again on Monday, if you can believe it. Scarlett and I were home for a total of two days in this entire cycle, probably for the entire month of April. We might hope to go home NEXT weekend, around the 29th or 30th, but know better than to make plans.
Good News: We get to move back downstairs to the Oncology floor tomorrow. We have been well taken care of on the surgical unit, but we are ready to go back to the quieter, calmer and more relaxed unit. It is more designed for long-term stays, where parents have a double fold-out bed, access to water, refrigerators, washer/dryer independently and don't have to have so much monitoring.
Thanks for all the great suggestions for ways to thank the nursing staff. I know, like all my teacher buddies, they are over-worked and under-appreciated much of the time. I'll start planning something...