April 28, 2011
Okay, so yesterday was clinic day; I just got too tired to write about it. John took Tanner to clinic yesterday morning to give me a little break from the hospital scene. I wish we could give Tanner a break from it, but guess that’s not possible. Her neutraphil count was up quite a bit, at 2,200, but the steroids she had just come off of will artificially inflate neutraphils, so it’s hard to say what it will be once it comes back down, but Dr. Mixan felt good about it in general so we don’t have to go back for two more weeks.
John broke the news about Cari not being Tanner’s nurse any more in the car on the way there. She was very sad, but handled it as well as we could hope.
I’ve had a bit of a break this week. Jake is at my parents’ house and is coming home tomorrow. It’s given me three days by myself in the house for the whole time Tanner is at school. I really needed a little time to regroup and get some things done. It’s been nice to just go at a project without worrying about picking Jake up from school or being interrupted 1,000 times. Thanks to my parents for taking him; he’s having a ball playing golf and being spoiled. Nice for him to get a little break from the stress of our house as well. I miss him though, and am ready for him to come home.
Tanner and I went to a champagne toast at Flemings on Monday for the LLS Man and Woman of the Year Campaign. She didn’t really feel super as it was the last day of her 5-day steroid pulse, but we gamely went out and bought new dresses and headed downtown. I’ve been so proud of her at all these events; she’s really risen to the occasion and showed a lot of grace and poise at what have been very adult events. I think she understands how important this commitment is (and it doesn’t hurt that I’ve bought her a new dress for almost every event!).
People sometimes make the comment to me, “I don’t know how you all do it.” And, most of the time, I respond by saying, “You just put one foot in front of the other,” which is true. I mean, really, what choice do you have, really? But, I was reminded at the MWOY event the other night, that you really are carried through this journey by great friends, family and even people you don’t know who support you and love you through it.
There are 13 candidates for Man and Woman of the Year. Some of them have a personal connection to blood cancer and know first-hand how important it is to find a cure. Some are just caring people who have recognized a great cause and are giving enough of their time and energy to agree to take it on. Either way, they are supporting us and all the other families who have, unwillingly, embarked on the road to beating a blood cancer. Their commitment is an inspiration to me; it makes me realize we are not alone. There are lots of people who care and who recognize that this disease needs to be eradicated before it affects even one more family. To say we appreciate what they are doing is an understatement; frankly I don’t really know to thank them properly.
Tanner has been feeling really good lately. The reduced chemo level she is on because of her low counts last month is evident. She’s only on 50% dosage at this point. Although I love that she’s feeling so good, it makes me nervous for her to just be on 50%. I assume if her levels are good next visit, they’ll raise her up to 75%. We’re delaying her next chemo a week to accommodate her Sleeping Beauty shows. She would have had chemo two days before her first show and been on steroids for all three shows. Dr. Mixan was nice enough to let us delay a week until the show is over and school is out so she won’t miss any of the end of school fun.
Speaking of Sleeping Beauty, if you want tickets but haven’t gotten them yet, you can order them by calling the Boilerroom Theatre at 794-7744.