We've been busy trying to be nurse Natalie back to full recovery. We are so happy that she is home, but the reality is that her body has not fully recovered from the last round. They let us go home because her ANC counts jumped so high, but we are still waiting and praying for her bone marrow to produce again, specifically some platelets. We are also trying to put some weight on Natalie.
It is so hard for me to see her so scrawny. One of the doctors said to me that he is certain that she is malnourished because of all the problems we had with the feeding tube and her tummy this last round. We've been cooking anything that she requests even if she only takes a few bites and pushes the rest away. She eats like a bird and nibbles throughout the day- pieces of string cheese, fruit, bacon, etc.
She's been asking to go shopping almost every day, but we are going to wait until her body has fully recovered before we expose her to any germs out there.
Natalie had to get a blood draw yesterday to monitor her platelets. We waited until Sunday night to drop the news that she will have to get poked because she no longer has a pick line. Surprisingly, she took it well. She also did really well with the poke. The nurse only had to do one poke and did not bruise her at all. She kept the IV in so that she does not have to get poked again tomorrow when they will do another blood draw to get an update on her platelets.
Please pray that her body starts producing platelets again. Her ANC looks good, but we are hoping that she does not need any more platelet transfusions.
Natalie will also need to have a bone marrow biopsy done next Tuesday so they can see how her marrow is doing after 5 rounds of chemo. Please pray for that to go well too.