At about noon today, Eliza started her first round of chemo. It’s amazing how nonchalant the process is. She’s already on an IV. They bring in another bottle. It’s wrapped in aluminum foil, has a sticker with her name and the name of the drug, both of which they point out to us to confirm. Then it hangs on the same IV rack with the fluid drip the rest of the day. We go to the playroom and back, we change diapers, we nap, we eat. All the time some really scary but really amazing stuff is being pumped into our daughter’s body. And God willing, today is the biggest that tumor is ever going to be.
She was on the drip for 6 or 7 hours. Afterward they took the thick bandage off her port site, so it’s a little less cumbersome now. She’ll continue on IV fluids tomorrow and they’ll watch for any signs of anything being wrong. If all is well, we expect she’ll come home Monday, to recover for 2 weeks before Round 2.
After all the craziness and decisions and tests and planning, it was a pretty calm day. We don’t mind those.
The boys spent the first half of the day with sweet friends who offered just last night to come over and play. Haircuts, trampoline, bike rides, and the house was cleaner than when I left. This afternoon we almost finished Peter Pan, decided on our next book (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe again), and then took a 3-man nap in the big bed. (My record on naps is clear. For this I will not apologize.) Then trampoline, ice cream, dinner, and Ninja Turtles. Foard’s dance-fighting is really something to behold.
We are ready to all be together again. We also have no idea what the next few days look like as E responds to the chemo meds. Will she be cranky or just lethargic? How will the boys do with E needing more attention? How will we do all under one roof with this new thing to deal with?
Pray, friends. Especially pray for that side effects list I posted yesterday:
- Pray for nausea and vomiting to be minimal, and for E to respond well to the drugs they give for that.
- Pray for her kidneys to hold up and function properly.
- Pray for her white blood cell count to stay high, and her immune system to be strong.
- Pray for no hearing loss.
- Pray that all 5 of us will be healthy and that E won’t pick up any infections from outside.
- Pray for protection from falls or bumps or anything that could injure her abdomen.
And now, as your reward for reading this far, may I present Eliza Hunt.