We have some eating problems again. It is hard though because I've heard that the chemo drugs sometimes change the way things taste and so I find that at the moment Bianca isn't always interested in the stuff she used to like. It is a bit of a struggle and of course, no matter what tricks I try she is not keen to try new things. It is a matter of deciding whether we will put the pressure on and push her to eat (and possibly make Bianca hate food and meal times) or if we will just go with the flow and try and find a common ground in the hope that after she is done with treatment she will enjoy the things she used to enjoy before she got sick. So we keep trying, but we don't put too much pressure on and then resort back to ProNutro if we have to. It seems to do the trick and at least it is healthy. It doesn't really matter how kids get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals, so if this is what we have to do, then so be it! And at least she does eat this.
It's been quite different being back in Auckland. In one way a lot of things have stayed the same. We recently drove past the place we lived when we first came and at least 2 of the 6 units still have the same people. Many shops are still the same, we recognise the different areas. But then we've changed so completely, our priorities, our thinking, our way of life - it's all changed. Don't get me wrong, Auckland is a nice city to live in, busy, but nice. It's just that it feels a little conflicting how in one way everything feels the way it used to and in another you realise just how much things have changed. So it's been different.
Tomorrow my little girl is going off on camp. It will be hard, but I'm so very excited for her. I think she will have so much fun. But more on this a little bit later.
And of course on Monday we have our very first hospital appointment at Starship. It feels unreal that we only have 3 more days of Round 2 of long term maintenance before starting Round 3 (the third set of 84 days).