There was a really sweet moment when nurse Chris finally accessed the port and there were about five people in the room with a couple of us holding Lila. She stopped crying for a moment and said, "I'm being brave!" We all agreed with her. What a trooper, huh? We were in the ER for five hours and it was so nice once we got into a hospital room again in what is becoming our home-away-from-home -- 6A, the myelosuppression unit.
Yesterday Lila was in pain and still very pale. Her ANC was 50, which is very low. ANC is a good gauge of the body's ability to fight infection. Normal is well over 1000 and anything under 500 is low. They decided to give her a blood transfusion, which she tolerated well. They also did a lot of tests to try to find a source of infection.
Today she is looking much better and her fever has been gone since about 9 p.m. last night. Her ANC is up to 450 and that should go up more today. We gave her a bath, which she hated (and I think I noticed some of her hair coming out). She is having a lot of pain from mucositis which is a side effect from one of the chemo drugs she took during her first round, doxorubicin. She has been drooling excessively and does not want to open her mouth. When she does talk it is really hard to understand her because she has sores on her tongue. We (including her caretakers) are trying to do better about keeping on top of the pain today.