We’ve had a couple of hard days. Nothing out of the ordinary for cancer, but that’s a pretty low bar, isn’t it.
The IV fluids have been good for Eliza’s liver enzymes. But she also developed flu-like symptoms and low hemoglobin, both normal for chemo patients. So she’s been on fluids, antibiotics, and today a blood transfusion, and they will keep her in the hospital through the weekend. Again, this is all normal for a baby going through chemotherapy– they don’t have much reserve, you want them strong enough for the next round, and you can’t play around with infections.
But it’s hard, and we’re tired. Yesterday and today were our hardest time since diagnosis. It’s hard to know what to do for E, and hard to parent the boys through the stress and worry and their own growing craziness. Really hard to do that while our family isn’t all together.
Eliza looks and is acting much better tonight than she did yesterday. Betsy came and sat with her so M and I could have a hot date in the hospital courtyard, and the boys are with friends tonight. God knows what we need and provides it.
Please pray for Eliza’s strength, and for all the numbers to get to where they need to be so she can come home Monday. She does better at home, in her own bed, with brothers and her favorite foods, and we want her to have more of that before her next round of chemo. Then there’s the whole thing with our mental health. So please pray that they’ll send her home Monday, and that she’ll stay strong all next week.
Pray too for us as parents, for patience with the boys who are stressed too. For us to show grace to them and ourselves. For some more normal-feeling days, and strength beyond ourselves while we wait for them. And one uber-specific: pray for better 3G and internet at the hospital. Last week it was fine; this week it’s incredibly slow, which keeps us from being able to let E see the boys.
Thank you friends.