Day 6: Pray for zero!
Tomorrow is another chemo day. It is probably a benefit to know ahead of time but it’s also all the more to think about. This time we can pack a bag of toys/games/movies and know that we have everything. At the same time, I have all night to make sure everything is perfect.
Scarlett doesn’t seem to be bothered by the prospect of an appointment at all. When I mentioned today that we were going to the doctor tomorrow, she gripped her blankie tighter and said “can we go to the doctor RIGHT NOW?” For all that she has been through she seems to be just fine.
Tomorrow we will have a three part appointment. We will meet with her new oncologist. I have heard good things about the oncology unit at St. V. I am hoping that after this appointment I will know that we made the right decision leaving Children’s. She will have her weekly chemo and dressing changes (which reminds me-we have to remember her nausea meds). She will also have another bone marrow aspiration/biopsy. And that’s the part that we are praying for.
During a bone marrow aspiration, the doctor removes marrow from her hip through a needle. They then look at it under a microscope to see how many leukemia cells they see. If it is less than her original number, she is responding to treatment. If it is zero, she is in remission. We are hoping and praying for zero!