Thursday, February 17, 2011

Finger Prick

It has been so nice being home for the week and the weather has even been a little bit warmer (not that I'd personally know since I never leave the hospital room :) ).  Even though Averi's counts were so high on Monday, the doctor told us to plan on taking a week off but to still have her blood work done today before an appointment was made to go back in next Monday.

Since I didn't want to drive all the way to the hospital, I called the children's lab closer to our house to make sure that they were open.  They informed me that no one at the lab is allowed to access her port and that I would have to take her to the lab at the hospital.  Luckily I called them as well because they have the same problem.

It turns out I would have to take her to the Clinic (and pay for an entire visit) if I wanted her blood taken from her port.  What's even more frustrating is that I've seen it done enough times I could just do it myself, but that is totally not allowed.

Long story short, we headed to the lab to use a finger stick to fill 2 vials with blood.  I held her down in my lap and prepared for the worst while the tech poked her finger.  She didn't even cry, not one tear.  The only time she got fussy was when I wouldn't let her grab the bloody gauze sitting on the table next to her.  I swear this hospital life has done something to her phsychy.  Not that I'm complaining, but what one year old doesn't cry when you poke her with a needle?

The doctor called later to let me know that her ANC was 7,052!  We have an appointment to start cycle 4 on Monday morning.

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