We went to clinic this morning for a blood test and to discuss Bianca's blood results and the possible start of chemo again. So we got there, got the blood test done and then we had to wait around an hour, so we took Caitlyn to the Family Playroom at the hospital. Last week the play specialist told me about this as a possible solution for Caitlyn when we have to go to clinic. It is pretty much drop in, let them know where we are at the hospital and then they are available from 8:30am to 12pm and again 1pm to 3:30pm. So today she just went for a really short little while. At first she cried a bit when she realised we were going to leave her, but I believe she settled really quickly and found her way around all the toys.
We saw Doctor Cole today one of the paediatric oncologists and I must say she was really nice. And guess what? Bianca's counts are all recovered!!! Thank you so much for all the prayers and positive thoughts, it really made the world of difference.
So platelets are up from 37 to 100 and neutrophils are up from 0.90 to 1.75 and haemoglobin is also at a pretty good level. So tonight Bianca starts chemo again at 50% and we'll review it again in 2 weeks when we are due at the hospital for our monthly appointment and if counts are still good then we will probably go up to 100% dose as Bianca typically copes well with her chemo increases. And best of all she was given permission to join in with camp. That really made Bianca's day and she checked 3 times just to make sure.
After our appointment we went to get Caitlyn who was happily playing. They have 2 swan plants with some chrysalisses (is that the right spelling?) and caterpillars and it was so cool! I'm determined to get some for the kids so now I just need to find out how and where and when. If you have any info on this, please let me know. I will bring Caitlyn again in 2 weeks' time when we are due for our monthly appointment and see how it goes.
And then I had to scramble to get everything packed and ready. I can't remember when last I had to work so fast with such little time and I sincerely hope we did not forget anything important. I did not expect her counts to look so good and certainly I did not expect to get permission for Bianca to join in with camp and so we were not as prepared as I should have been. But we are not complaining. I'm also pretty impressed with myself because we had to sort out some kind of alien / space dress-up for Bianca for the theme for this camp and so we quickly stopped at the $2 shop and made quite an impressive looking alien costume with a pink child-sized rain poncho, some red gloves that go all the way up her arms (and an extra pair to stick to the poncho), she has a pink sweat band that goes around her head and I drew a big eye on it for a third eye and she has this funny alice band with these funny things that could resemble ears. Bianca was really impressed with her outfit which we put together at the last minute and of course her being an alien, does mean that we can be pretty creative with her outfit.
Today was a fabulous, wonderful day and we feel so thankful for today. Thank you so much to Doctor Cole and Janine Harvey and all the Camp Quality Volunteers for making this day and week so special for Bianca, thank you so much!!!