And what do tigers and clowns like to do in their spare time?
Unfortunately Bianca had a number of runny tummies on this day and so in light of the fact that she didn't have much of an appetite, had an unusually long (for her anyway) afternoon nap and despite there being no fevers, we decided to ring the hospital just in case. The Starship ward was full and busy and so they asked if we could please take her to the ED side. We quickly packed some activities as there would always be a bit of a wait and then Terence and Bianca left. Now the one benefit of saying that you have a child with cancer is that there is a certain urgency when they deal with you and they quickly put Terence and Bianca into an isolation room with a door so that she would not be exposed to other potentially very sick people. They saw one of the doctors, got a blood test done and then they waited:
When Terence phoned this morning it turned out her neutrophils were sitting at 0.37. That was quite unexpected and is much lower than when she was at the hospital on the 8th of June. So tomorrow we will ring Bianca's oncologist and see what he wants to do with regards to her chemo (keep it at the level it is now or reduce it) and when she would need to get another blood test. I know that on the 8th they increased her chemo and it is possible that this is as a result of that or perhaps that she is fighting some mystery virus again (like she did around New Years).
Tomorrow we are keeping Bianca home and I'm hoping and praying so hard that she will still be able to participate in her school production this week. Her school only does the production once every 3 years or something and it would be so disappointing if Bianca had to miss out. The past few weeks (maybe a bit longer) she's been practicing her lines at home every single day, so it would be a real "bummer" if she had to miss out as a result of low counts.