Sunday, March 29, 2009
A Rough Day But Chemo's Over!!
Max had a rough afternoon today. His tummy was not cooperating with him at all. As we expected, the last chemotherapy today (called Melphalan) caused him to have major nausea and vomitting. But, the nurses worked hard to help him out with some nausea medication and he is in good shape tonight, resting comfortably now and watching his favorite show, iCarly.
The chemo preparation regiment is now over which is awesome! The effects of the three chemo drugs combined can be seen in the three major cell lines of Max's blood. His red and white cells as well as his platelets are all at very low to critically low levels right now as a result which indicates that his body should be ready to accept Ellee's marrow on Wednesday. Of course, that's what we are hoping and praying for! At this point he has not yet lost his hair but, that is still expected to happen over time (probably little by little over the next couple weeks). Max is ok with this and has been joking about it from time to time.
Ellee is feeling a little icky from her GCSF shots. She's had three of the five now and will have two more over the next two days. They can make kids feel achy since they are intended to spur the bone marrow to overproduce in preparation for the harvest on Wednesday. She'll come here at 7:30 am on Wednesday for surgery at 9:00 am that morning. Our families are all gearing up to help out that day and the next as they will obviously be momentous for all of us! Alex has big plans for some fun outings with Papi (Grandpa John, my dad) and Aunt Molly and her boys so that he won't have to feel like he's missing out on any fun down here at the hospital (ha, ha).
We are excited to be at this phase in the process and nervous, yet hopeful, about the next few weeks. Max will likely have his share of ups and downs as the marrow engrafts in his body and begins to grow but he has weathered everything like a champ so far and we hope and pray that this will continue.
We'll keep you posted over the next few days as things progress. Please keep those thoughts and prayers coming! They are making a huge difference for all of us.
Kristi (and Matt, Max, Alex and Ellee)