That's what I had to keep reminding myself to do at the hospital, today! It's not a good feeling when your child's room is "reserved for anaphylactic medications"!
|Hard on the nerves to read the sign, but good to know a well-trained staff is ready to reverse reactions, since it's such a prevalent problem. Loving nanny Nicole encourages Caleb to eat a snack.|
Armed with multiple Epi-pens and monitoring closely for reactions, Caleb's medical team was prepared to combat a potentially life-threatening allergy from this type of chemo. Our nurse told us to all watch for itching, hives, a cough, swollen lips, etc. Of course, the first time Caleb scratched his leg, I almost had a panic attack! :-) He didn't know about possible reactions, so he wasn't doing it to give me a hard time either... although I'm sure he would've loved to do that since he's fairly ornery on his steroids right now. :-)
Emotions were running high throughout the process. All you can do in a situation like that is hope for the absolute best and be prepared for the worst. Oh, and just breathe! Praying helped a lot, and I believe that's the reason we didn't have to go to "Plan B". I hugged Courage the Lion just as much as Caleb did today. :-)
|Few smiles this week from our typically enthusiastic boy.|
There is still a risk of anaphylactic shock for two more weeks, but an Epi-pen won't leave his side. We feel confident this is NOT going to happen.
It's been a tough week. Even steroids haven't helped much with appetite, as Cal has been nauseous & has had a tough time keeping food down. I take back what I said. It would be my HONOR to make him fish and pancakes, with an extra helping of syrup on the side! :)
Thanks for all of your words of encouragement this week. As God promises & my mom often reminds me, "This too, shall pass."