July 14, 2011
Tomorrow marks a major milestone for us… Tanner’s very last IV chemo and lumbar puncture with chemo! It’s surreal to think this will be the last time she gets Vincristine through her port – or any chemo through her port for that matter. After tomorrow, she’ll continue to take her oral chemo until August 6 and then, NO MO CHEMO!!!
She also starts her last 5-day steroid pulse. We should probably be celebrating that the most! If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, I am sure you have heard me spew hatred at the evil steroids. In all reality, they cause her more side effects than the chemo.
Tanner has not really been able to look forward to this being her last time. She is too paralyzed with fear and anxiety over the LP. I’m hoping after we get this over with, she’ll ease up and be a little more excited about finishing this mess.
She has her lumbar puncture at 11:30, which means we will get home sometime around 1:30 or so. From 3-5 pm, she has a rehearsal for Disney on Stage that she insists she is making… and unless she is throwing up, she probably will. Then, on to the Fish Fry at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Our church hosts about 3,000 people for Fish Fry and has a great children’s area with inflatables, etc. It will be interesting to see how long Tanner lasts.
Saturday brings more Disney on Stage rehearsal and the show itself at 2 pm. Disney on Stage is a coffee house benefit show conceived of and directed by some teens at Act Too Players, which is Tanner’s theatre group. All proceeds are benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Tanner’s honor. You can find more info at http://nashville.broadwayworld.com/article/Local-Teens-Take-to-the-Stage-716-for-Leukemia-Foundation-20110713
Tanner’s also been rehearsing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It’s such a funny show with a great story… kids will love it… very colorful. Tickets are on sale now at the Boilerroom Theatre at the Factory and can be purchased over the phone at 794-7744. The shows are at 7 pm on July 28, 3 pm on July 30 and 7 pm on July 31.
Like I said, big week.