Monday, September 14, 2009

Chemo Cycle 2 Starting

Today was crazy! Last time we started chemo it was following Jael's port surgery so we didn't have to come for it the normal way. Today was the normal way. And it really sucked. We start out in the clinic to be seen by the nurse practitioner, followed by the doctor. Then Jael had to get bloodwork done and a hearing test (will tell that story in a sec). Then we waited. And waited. And waited. Apparently they were waiting to hear from our admitting floor that a room was ready. We were done with everything by like 10:30 a.m., but didn't get admitted until 4 p.m. So lots of waiting around and trying not to lose my mind over it.

Also, Jael has to do a 24-hour urine collection before each chemo to make sure her body is hydrated enough to receive the medicine. We started on Sunday morning. I had to bring it in on ice. We started a little bit late on Sunday so we weren't going to be done until about 1 p.m. today. They set us up in a bathroom and let us keep her urine on ice until we were done. Well at 12:45 p.m. I went into the bathroom with Jael to do the last collection and someone had dumped the urine and thrown the container in the garbage. I was so upset. It was alot of work to keep her from just going like normal. We ended up finding out that one of the nurses sent it off and didn't know that it wasn't complete. We are doing another collection and hopefully will start the chemo by 2 a.m.

She is doing good and looking really cute in her new pink Arnold Palmer t-shirt and hate. Only paid $5 for both. All she wants to do is watch Spongebob Squarepants...haha. Makes me crazy, but keeps her happy. They rehooked her up to the IV, which she will have to stay attached to until we leave. She was not happy about that. She didn't yell or cry, just was sad and asking why. :-(

I'm soooo sad about leaving Heidi. She absolutely broke my hear this morning. She is supposed to be coming up with Erik tomorrow so hopefully we will get to see her then. She made quite an impression on the nurses here last time...they have all been asking where she is. So cute. We decided that one of us (Erik) should stay home with Heidi. It is very hard on her to be here.
God, please give us the strength to get through this week. Let the chemo kill any cancer and let it not damage my little girl. Help her to not have any bad reactions to the drugs. God let her do so good that the nurses and doctors have to ask the question why. Let us be bold in telling them about You and Your faithfulness. Amen.

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