Ding! Ding! Ding! It's time......
Tonight at 8:00pm, Kayla was admitted back inpatient to receive her 2nd round of Chemo. She didn't seem too concerned about it because she knows what to expect now. Kayla will receive fluids tonight to make sure she is well hydrated as well as another blood transfusion. I know that will make her feel a little better tomorrow. Remember, getting blood is GOOD. I relate it to a vampire starving and lethargic. They get blood and are energized and have super strength. In a strange way, that's how it is. Minus the fangs! ;) So, fluids start at 10:00pm. Blood transfusion will be given at midnight. (see, true vampire status there) Vitals at 12:00 and 4:00am. Blood Pressure checks will be every two hours for four hours after blood is given. Her Chemo will start at 8:00 am.
There was one change this round though. The 2nd floor (BMT) where Kayla had her first round is closed off to incoming patients. We found out today why. Two kids ended up getting Legionella infections. So, they shut the floor down until they can be sure it's safe. I am glad they are taking every precaution. It's so scary! They tell us to avoid construction areas (when outside) and forests. Anything with a lot of dust or wood because of bacteria and molds. We are just grateful that we weren't inpatient during that!! Yikes. SO, she is on the 2nd floor of the main hospital now. Right next to the library. Kayla is excited about that! She says forget the play room... You will find me in the library. Love that girl!!!
Tomorrow, Donna arrives! I am SO excited to see her!!!! Kayla was really bummed that she was coming while she is inpatient but quickly understood why we are doing it this way. She will be SO helpful to have around. Plus, she can stay here with Anthony and I at the Target House. They have a very strict 4 person to a room policy here. So, while Denny and Kayla are inpatient, she can stay here and not have to shell out money for a hotel! It's a win/win. :) We did learn another plus to being in the hospital side while inpatient. **Anthony is allowed in!!!! We still aren't sure if that is a good or bad thing. I thought the whole reason was to lesson the germs. I won't worry about it. It will be SO wonderful to all be able to visit with Kayla and be there for her. I also think it might be good for Anthony to see Kayla like that so he understands better why she has been so spoiled. Sometimes it's really hard to be the 4 year old brother to Kayla! He understands so much though. He was really sad after we dropped them off tonight. I told him we only have to do this two more times after this (unless she ends up inpatient for a fever or other reasons). He then explained to me in his "Anthony" way that if we didn't come to "Thanks Jude" (that's what he calls it) Kayla wouldn't live very long. He said he will miss her now so he doesn't have to miss her later. So so smart..... Yes. This is why we are here. This is why we will heal as a family. Thank you St. Jude for being here. Thank you Danny Thomas for your dream that "no child should die in the dawn of life". Thank you for treating the whole family....... We are eternally grateful!
Now. Let's kick some cancer booty!
** update: Just found out they are treating Kayla's room like a transplant (just like over in the chili's side). Anthony will not be allowed in her room. He can however be on the floor... so, if she comes out, we can see her. We will make it work. Thankful for Donna coming just in time :)