Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Beginning Preparations for Ellee's Marrow
It's our third day here and all is going well, overall. Max had his first dose of chemotherapy yesterday and all in all, it went pretty well. He did have some issues with his tummy overnight, unfortunately, which we didn't expect at this point and is not that common with the current chemo drug that he is taking. But, they quickly gave him some nausea medicine to help and it is really working so far. He also got a fever and the chills during the night so, they also have him on IV antibiotics now. All of these are fairly "normal" side effects with this drug so, he is reacting as they expected already. And, the best part is that the drug is already doing it's job. During their rounds this morning, the doctors said that the levels of white cells that this drug is supposed to decrease are already down. So, the preparation is underway.
Max is in great spirits still. He received two special gifts from the Xavier basketball team already this week...basketballs signed by Dante Jackson, his favorite player (along with a personal note) and by Sean Miller, the coach! He was thrilled and shows everyone that comes in his room. Thanks to Uncle Jim and Kevin Toops!
My mom brought Alex and Ellee down here for a visit today and we had fun eating lunch together in the cafeteria and playing up here on the 5th floor. I also got home to see them yesterday, thanks to Mama (my Mom). She's been getting very good at Playstation basketball games! She's about the only one that can hold her own against Max so far! It's been tough on Alex, in particular so far as he is really missing his best buddy at home.
We'll keep you posted as things progress. Thanks for the continued support and all the thoughts and prayers.
Kristi (and Matt, Max, Alex and Ellee)