Friday, April 29, 2011
2nd time around
So we're back in the hospital for the second time getting the High Dose Methotrexate. Everything is going well so far. Yesterday morning in the clinic, the nurse was trying to draw blood from his port (best port access yet!) and it was going really slow, as usual. She decided to put some TPA in there, which is an enzyme that will break up any clots or protein build-up or whatever else. Once she puts it in, it has to sit for an hour. I was kinda bummed about the time delay since the sooner we start the medicine, the sooner we finish and can go home. But the TPA really worked well! I hope it lasts so that all future blood draws won't take 10-20 minutes instead of the typical 10 seconds. Anyhow, we got to the clinic at 10:00am and didn't start the medicine until 6:00pm, so as I'm writing this, he will be done with the Methotrexate in 15 minutes. In other good news, the lockdown has been lifted so Jude can come see us in the room! And in still more good news, Carter's weight is up a few pounds from last week and his counts are looking really good. White blood cells 3,000 with ANC of 1900! Hemoglobin 8.5 and platelets 270,000. They shouldn't go down much, if at all, for the next month and a half. So aside from being in the hospital every two weeks, this round is shaping up to be pretty good.