She didn’t need the tooth extracted! She is however the owner of a shiny new silver cap and two little fillings. The Methotrexate lumbar puncture went well and she is being watched closely for any ill effects although none are expected. She also had a hearing test while she was sedated and she has no sign of hearing loss so far! Aside from the Methotrexate injection which makes me nervous, it was a day of good reports. It is much easier to recover from the light dental work she received than an extraction and now I don’t have to worry about that healing up before her next round of chemo knocks out her immune system.
She is on track to come home tomorrow if she continues to do well tonight. Her sodium levels have been stable, even with the change in her fluid status for her sedation. Her breathing went very well while she was sedated and she came off the vent right when the procedure was finished. Things went BETTER than expected which is a nice change.
I spent this evening cleaning the house from top to bottom and sanitizing everything in sight. It was a bad day for germs in the Fair household. Phoebe’s room is ready for her and the welcome banner the boys made is hanging from the mantle. I wonder what she’ll think coming to this house where we now live that she has never seen? I put all her familiar stuffed animals and toys out where she will see them first thing when she comes into her room. I want her to know this is where she belongs and to feel at home.
Then there’s the part of me that is absolutely terrified of not having her every move detailed on a monitor I can look at. I have gotten used to knowing how many times her heart beats every minute and how much oxygen her body is absorbing. And what will I do without the sodium tests? Oh me. That is my prayer request tonight; that I would not be overcome with worry the whole time she is here or be unable to really enjoy this time because I am waiting for certain disaster. I know it won’t be simple, but I would like it to be as stress-free as possible.
We are looking forward to seeing Phoebe outside, seeing Phoebe with her dog Sadie, seeing Phoebe in her new room…I am holding my breath and praying she remains stable enough for discharge.
Thank you all for your love and support and for taking the journey with us,