So far it’s been an uneventful day medically. Zoe has near constant visitors in the form of nurses with medications for her IV, but we have finally reached a point where it is routine and there is no immediate danger.
Zoe’s platelet count is up from 90 to 150 on her own, so that’s a very positive sign. Dr. B came by and we discussed some of our ongoing concerns, one of which is how much should we expect her counts to go back down as a result of the chemo, even as we are watching them rise with enthusiasm. He says that it will take as much as a week to see her counts take a toll from the Etoposide, and in the meantime good news is good news, so we can continue to be pleased by improvements we see. We’ll be watching for news of her inflammation to continue to decrease, watch for ferritin counts to start to drop, and hope that her temperature starts to stay at 98º instead of 97º.
Zoe continues to gain weight from the Dexamethasone, which we’re told will continue for awhile and then level out as her dosage is reduced in coming weeks. I spoke to Dr. B about potential complications from weight, but at this point developmentally she’s really only expected to be working on keeping her head up and perfecting her wiggle. There should be no problems there, and by the time we’re ready to see her trying to roll or lift up, she should be at a more moderate weight. She makes a cute butterball though, I’ll give her that.