Emily received her second round of Chemotherapy drugs on Saturday morning. We had hoped she might be discharged later in the day but a few health factors are keeping the doctors from giving the okay.
Emily had an x-ray of her abdomen, which has been distended and hard over the past several days, causing Emily a great deal of pain. The x-ray revealed nothing out of the ordinary aside from the swelling caused by her constipation which is already being treated by medications. For this we are grateful and pray the medicines help relieve her pain quickly. Before Emily can be discharged and allowed to go home, the doctors want to see her eating and drinking regularly and having healthy bowel movements. We saw some improvement before the end of the day Saturday and are praying for a Sunday discharge.
Emily received transfusions of platelets and whole blood on Saturday to boost her blood counts which are low due to the effects of the chemotherapy. The purpose of chemotherapy is to kill the Leukemia cells in order to allow normal cells to grow and fill in the gap. Until her body can fill in this gap on its own, transfusions will be used to boost the healthy blood cell count in Emily’s body.
Since before being admitted to the hospital, Emily experienced a mobility challenge – insisting on being carried at all times and refusing to walk or stand on her own. This was one of the main indicators that our little Stitch, who is normally moving too fast to be caught, was not well. We now know it was also a symptom of the Leukemia which causes muscle weakness and irritation of the nerves, no doubt giving Emily pain throughout her body and legs. Several of the drugs Emily is receiving further exacerbate these symptoms, and Momma Chrissie seldom gets to put Emily down.
We have already begun to see improvement in Emily’s physical state and demeanor. Swelling, due to the large amounts of fluids she is being given to prevent dehydration, has begun to go down. And after each blood and platelet transfusion, we see color return to Emily’s otherwise pale visage and a little more pep in her feisty step! Emily finally ate something other than goldfish and m&m’s tonight (some bread and a few bites of spaghetti) and her attitude reared it’s head when she threw her shoes off in protest of having to take a nap! When Grandma and big sister Sophia came for a visit, Emily was happy and lively, giving kisses and being playful.
- Prayer that Emily’s body will begin to feel better, allowing her to walk and play with her previous vigor
- Prayer for strength and relaxation in Christina’s body as she has had to carry Emily nearly nonstop for the past month
- Prayer that Emily’s appetite and thirst would return and her bowel’s become regular so that she can be discharged from the hospital soon
- Prayer for Christina and Jason as they learn and practice the techniques they will need to care for Emily’s Broviac line at home