Big day today, Natalie's ANC is 600. Dr. Pulsipher said that if she holds above 500 for tomorrow she will be engrafted; which means I'm the winner. Sorry Tyler, maybe you will have better luck guessing on Alice. I chose today because it's my Dad's Birthday! :)
Natalie had more fevers today. More blood cultures were drawn. We hope this trend will end soon. She is now on a very low morphine dose.
The other day when it had snowed, Natalie sat in the window admiring the beauty and said, "I wish I could build a snowman". It got me thinking, so I asked her to share with me something she would wish for if she could have any wish. She said, "I wish I could go to school straight away."
Alice came skipping in the unit bright and early today. She seemed excited to be here. Tyler and I looked at each other and thought to ourselves, oh poor Alice, if she only knew.
Alice's broviac placement went well enough, meaning it took some searching and prodding to get the right vein. She looks bruised and tender. While she was sedated they ran a hearing test on her. They found some small hearing loss, however, they also discovered that she has fluid behind her ears--this may be the reason for the slight hearing loss.
Tyler and I spent most of the day running back and forth between rooms. They are across the hall from each other and can see into each other's room through the windows. The nurse let Natalie leave the room for about a minute, she wasn't feeling great but did want to got to Alice's window. It took some coaxing, we only did so because we knew she wanted to go. She put on a mask and walked over to wave at Alice and welcome her.
My cousin Heidi gave me a cute army/camo style looking purse full of survival things. She said to use it in battle. I decided today that this battle just took front line. However, the hospital still has Alice's favorite movie "Backyardigans" so we are in business. That movie will be melted before she finishes her treatments.