|Brinley's IVAD, incase you're wondering|
Finally we get the call that they are coming up to get Brinley for her surgery! After waiting 20 mins outside the O.R. they wheel her in and the anesthesiologist starts asking me questions about day of diagnosis, what type of cancer she has, how she handles anesthetic, etc etc...has this lady even read her chart? Anyways I go over Brinley's chart with her pointing out her procedures, medications all of the above. They inject Brinley, with what I like to call the Micheal Jackson drug and she's out like a light. I'm telling you, it doesn't get any easier watching you're child get put to sleep, I've been through it 6 times in the last month, and it doesn't get easier.
After Brinley is settled with a snack the doctor comes in to speak with me about the next step. And the next step....*drum roll* .............
Is that we have to wait until next week for her bone marrow to get back, possibley the week after. All bone marrow is sent to Calgary, and it takes time, and with Christmas added to that, it may take even a bit longer. So right now we cannot consider consolidation yet because that is all based off of her bone marrow. 2 weeks ago, her lymphoblast cells here 2% which is great, but they have to be 1% or lower for consolidation. If they are still 2% she will enter "extended induction" which means high doses of chemo, more often, for a week...which could result in....Christmas at the Stollery. If we results are 1% or less, we might be able to kick off consolidation in the out patient clinic...again sometimes a week at the hospital is needed to make sure the child balances out and can handle the chemo.
So for right now we are stuck between induction, and extended induction, OR consolidation. What a mouthful.
Oh joy. So here is my Christmas wish, bone marrow results come in on the week after Christmas, it's less than 1% and we can continue to stay home. Come on Santa I've tried really hard this year!
So right now I'm going to get my stuff together, choke down some kind of christmasy coffees from Starbucks, and finish my Christmas shopping...or should i say start it?