Tomorrow at 6:00 a.m., Caemon will get his last dose of chemotherapy for this round. We will continue watching his blood counts fall–something we want to see–until they then begin to rise again. In the meantime, he is considered neutropenic. This is a time during which the neutrophils–a type of white blood cells–fall to a very low number resulting in a lack of immune defenses against all varieties of infections.
Today, it seems our boy might be struggling with one such infection–some sort of gastro-intestinal bug. This means he is back on “precautions” (restricted to his room), and he’s not feeling very well. He is also the recipient of three different major antibiotics. We’re waiting on some lab results to find out exactly what the bug might be. In the meantime, we hope he quickly recovers and gets back to his spunky little self.
Fortunately, this hasn’t taken all his spark. He is now calling the nurse’s station anytime he has an issue. He will press the button, wait for someone to respond, and state, “I need my medications now,” or “My line is occluded (pinched),” or “I’m ready for a linen change.” We can hear the nurses/receptionist on the other end trying to stifle their laughter. Some of them have started to answer, “Hi Caemon! What can I do for you?” We love how much they appreciate him here.
More updates as we have them. For now, please send all the energy you’ve got to help him get over this latest hurdle.