The other “big” drug she is getting has more of the same side effects as the drugs during the first rounds... nausea and vomiting, loss of hearing, loss of electrolytes, decreased kidney function, decreased liver function, loss of hair... although her hair has been pretty stubborn at staying in, I guess red hair is more tenacious than other colours. She was fairly nauseous but regular doses of gravol and ondans kept it in check. Actually she did pretty darn well during the whole thing, to compare day to day with her first rounds she was eating better and happier (so far.)
Then on Saturday we had a “day of rest,” that’s what they wrote on our schedule, it was not exactly restful but we were not given any drugs. So far everything has been fairly smooth for this round, lets hope it continues that way.
Here is what her beaded journey looks like, the Kids Cancer Care have a program for the oncology kids to track their journey. We were given a journal book with a key for each colour of bead. A black bead is for a poke (IV, Inseflon insertion,) a red bead is for a blood or platelets transfusion, light wood coloured ones are for chemo drug days, Green are for her dressing changes, the little gold disks for her G-CSF shots (the really expensive ones-hence they are gold!) We also added a few of our own to the journey, I bought some little purple flowers to show when Yolanda gets to visit and some little hearts for when we got to go home for a few days. I think it will be a pretty neat learing tool to talk about with her in the future.