Well, we're still in the hospital after 9 days. Not the longest we've been in, but it still feels pretty long. She's feeling well today, though...
My birthday ended pretty well. My mom brought me a Sprinkles cupcake and a new shirt, and then Chris surprised me by trading shifts and getting the next two days off to spend with us. It is so much easier to be stuck in the hospital when he is here to keep me company and make Scarlett smile (he gets her best smiles).
Last night, she needed a quick blood transfusion to replenish her red blood cells. She is almost certainly going to need another full red cells and platelet transfusion in a week or so, too. Transfusions are not really a big deal, since her port is already accessed, but it is more dramatic to have a bag of blood hanging over her. However, her white blood cells are good and high, so we are on track. Her Methotrexate has finally cleared to an acceptable level, but now it is time to hit her with the next drugs. This time, it is a cocktail of three medications, which made her pretty sick last month and led us to the emergency room. We are trying to be proactive this time, and plan to keep her on around-the-clock medications to help stave off vomiting (or emesis, my new word of the day) and have Pedialyte on hand to help keep her hydrated. Hopefully she will feel better, eat a little and not lose it all. Unfortunately, these medicines keep her pretty sedated, so she will not really be herself.
Please keep the little lady in your thoughts as she battles this intense chemo over the next week. It is hard for her and for us.