Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bearclaws and Bacon... Day 162 23APR09

Joshua went to the clinic this morning and qualified without a hitch with an ANC of 1004. Joshua is back on the plan.

While he was waiting for his chemo he got hungry so Renee and him walked over to the cafeteria at the hospital. What glorious and nutritious meal did Joshua pick out to slake his hunger? A bearclaw and a handful of bacon, that's what he choose. Good thing his cholesterol is ok. But hey, when you are a kid with cancer things are just a little more flexible. I am just glad he is eating and not having any problems right now. A least it wasn't bacon dipped in chocolate.

After a little wait he got his last round of chemo for this phase of treatment. He is doing okay so far; he got hydrocortisone before the chemo which may help keep him from getting a fever in response to the methotrexate. As he went to bed tonight he was cool and feeling pretty good. The real test will be what his temperature is in the morning when he wakes up. In the past his fever has started the next day and slowly ramped up throughout the day. We are really hoping that the new meds will keep this from happening.

He is done with interim maintenance and we will start delayed intensification, providing he qualifies, on May 6, Renee's birthday. Not the best present...


Nonna said...

Hey Snuggle Monkey,

Bear Claws and Bacon! What a great combination. Hope it was tasty. I'll have to give it a try myself.

I hope you have a glorious weekend little warrior.

Tons of Love, Hugs and Kisses,


Jamie(Sister) said...

Yay good news Joshua!!! Whoo hoo i am so happy that you are doing great at home and you are continueing to eat some ummy stuff. =) We will be over on Saturday and will be staying the night so that we can go to your confirmation. =) I am hoping that the new meds help keep your fever down and that you can stay at home for a while longer than last time.=) Well i love you love bug and see you soon k.

Ann said...

This afternoon is our Relay for Life.Jennifer and family will be there also. Plan to do a lap for our Warrior Josh.
You know, I remember the days of "Chemo Brain". I remember it well, like yesterday, or was it last week??

Miss Laura said...

All righty - Bear Claws - one of my faves! So glad the count is good and hope the nasty fever stays away this time. I love your hat! It is totally great!

We are very glad you are home and the whole family is together again. Take care, Laura & Frank