February 20, 2012
We live in 3 week cycles. One week of chemo, then 2 weeks "off". One of those weeks off (or part of it) is usually spent back in the hospital with a fever and the other part coming and going getting transfusions.
With each passing week, we are able to check off another week on this long 53 week treatment protocol called a roadmap. However, with every delay, it's like repeating a week in time. For instance, last week started as week 30, but we were delayed due to counts not being quite ready yet. So here we go again giving week 30 another shot.
This is round 10 of chemo and consists of 3 days of inpatient chemo followed by 2 more days at home. There are 3 different chemotherapy drugs given this round. One runs over an hour every day for 3 days, but requires prehydration before it can start. The other 2 are quick injections (IV push) and one is given every day for 5 days and the other is given on days 1 and 5.
Drew is doing really well. He woke up this morning and came into my room and said, "Mom, I grew." I looked at his clothes and his sleeves were too short and his pants were floods. They measured him today and he did grow! His weight is also almost back up to where we started.