Saturday, January 20, 2018
Round 3 of chemo is in the books, and we're happy to leave that round behind us! This hospital stay was much tougher than the others - Caroline experienced extreme mood swings, a lot of nausea, and laid around/slept most of the time. This is all normal for kids in her situation, but it was very different compared to the other 2 rounds, and was very sobering and sad to watch. That has now carried over to home...she is still felling really crappy and just not anywhere close to her normal self.
A Vanderbilt Home Health Care nurse is coming each day, for the next 10 days, to give Caroline a shot of Neupogen, which will prep her for the stem cell collection. We're not sure the exact date of her next admission, which will be to collect the stem cells, but we think it will be around Jan. 29th, barring any setbacks or blood work issues. That day, she will have another surgery to implant a second access port in her hip area, which will be used to collect the stem cells from her blood. Those cells will be frozen and used later in her treatment. After the stem cells are collected, she will have the second access port removed.
Her 4th chemo round will be after the stem cell collection, in early February.
As always, thank you for your generosity and support. We truly appreciate every one of you, and all you have done for us!
The Lantz Family