Day +20

Well we appear to be on the right track, Zoe is growing cells pretty rapidly now. Her WBC count was 1.5 today, up .2, and her ANC is now up to 1290.

The downside is that we’re having a lot of pain issues due to the cell growth. We’ve been trying to pre-emt the pain with Tylenol, but that doesn’t always work, and we’ve already weaned her Fentanyl down some since that is part of the process. We don’t want her on the narcotic any longer than absolutely necessary.

Still, it was a rough night for Michelle. I’m taking my shift outside the hospital to get rested. Hopefully this won’t continue, we’re told it can run as long as a week but we think that her “week” started days ago, so we might be almost through it.

Having a baby in pain really does make one heartsick, but the nurses keep reminding us that it’s better for her to be young, the influence on her will be minimal that way. They’re well intended, but those sentiments don’t really make us feel better.

Getting through this will, however. Almost there, we hope.

3 thoughts on “Day +20

  1. AAARRRGGGHHH. Doctors and nurses need to give up the totally delusional belief that somehow being tiny makes you less affected by pain. The reason that this statement from the nurses doesn’t make you feel better is because it is total bullshit. They need to adequately [at a minimum] treat her pain. See my email to Michelle. Great counts, Zoe! Mara

    PS It’s half a day after your post, Evan, so I hope my comments are moot!

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