Neutropenia is an abnormal decrease in the number of neutrophils in the blood. Which means that after Lis gets chemo, she usually gets neutropenic due to her low blood count. Once she gets a low blood count the risk for infection increases dramatically (duh!). She could just get a neutropenic fever, which luckily she had the two days she spent in the hospital in Monroe. The neutropenic fever usually lasts a couple days and comes and goes at longer periods of time.
Luckily – I’m being sarcastic – it looks as though Lis has some infection somewhere. She has been feeling nauseous, has been getting fevers off and on throughout the day. She’ll probably be in the hospital for a week. Lame!
So that’s the update on Lis. She’s not too happy about being away from Lukas. Today he won’t be seeing his mommy cause I’m working until 6pm and my mom has dog shows in Canada and Gig Harbor. If I take them with me at 6pm then we’ll have to turn around an hour later to take them home to put Lukas to bed.
Lis said it was okay for them not to come. She can’t move around too much and well, Lukas is at that age where he moves around too much. He gets bored, throws a fit, gets crazy and doesn’t get the naps he needs.
Once she’s done with this latest adventure then we’ll have one more round of chemo in late October and another possible visit for infections a week later. Thank goodness! She should be okay by the holidays.
In other news, I’m usually good at remembering my own birthday but since all this is going on and Lukas’ birthday is exactly two weeks after mine, I’ve kind of forgotten. Cool! I think it’s neat if you forget your birthday, I don’t feel selfish that way. Sounds silly? Yah, well I am, whatcha going to do about it.