Monday, January 4, 2010
50%, 75%, 90% & 110% - A day of percentiles!
50% Today I am 50% finished w/ my chemo! We got there bright & early (930am). I'm not quite sure when they started, but we didn't get out of there until close to 4pm. I slept most of the time b/c they give me Benadryl, a steriod, Ativan, and Zofran before they even start the Taxol. Some people have had some very serious side-effects and allergies, but its a great drug to kick cancer's @$$. This way they can keep some of the side-effects and allergies at bay, while they give you the best drug for the job. To those of you that know me, you know that for me to sleep during the day is hard, much less in a crowded chemo room where people are talking, walking around, TVs are on, etc. I did it though!
75% & 90% Today was also Rachel's late 1 month appointment. Of course, the first thing they do is weigh her in her diaper (or maybe its naked for these early ones). She came in at 10 lbs 10 oz - in the 75% percentile! That's a gain of 2 lbs 6 oz since birth and much, much more from her hospital release weight! They also measured her length. My little long-body gal came in at 23". That's a gain of 2" since birth! That's a long, tall, drink of water - or actually formula in this case. She's got a little bit of baby acne, but no issues. We're currently on our 1st night of trying to get her to sleep through the night. Dr. H did a similar plan w/ Simon & it worked mostly. She eats at 5 pm - as much as she wants regardless of when her last meal was. Then she stays awake with 30 minutes of tummy time until 8 pm. Then she gets a warm bath followed by another meal - again, as much as she wants. By then of course, she's exhausted, but relaxed and has a full belly, so she gets put in her bed w/ no fanfare, cuddling, or anything. She's expected to sleep until 5 am. We'll see how that goes!
110% Andrew came to chemo with me, so his day was pretty wasted. Simon stayed overnight last night with Brenda. So he spent all day with her, playing, making a trip to Henderson/Evansville, and basically getting spoiled by his grandma. He loves coming home though - especially when its just Andrew that comes to get him in the Bronco. He's absolutely infatuated w/ Rachel, but his Daddy holds his heart and attention mostly. My boys are so great and give me (and I think everyone else) such great pleasure. God has truly blessed us!