One chemo treatment down, seven to go!
Aunt Wendy here (Nick's sister) with an update on Kristin, who is resting.
But 4-year-old Fisher's story tops Kristin's first day of chemo: He's showing off eight stitches in his right arm.
At about 2:30 p.m., Kristin and I arrived home from chemo and a grocery shop. We snuck into the house to avoid interrupting Judy as she put Fisher down for his nap. We could hear Judy's sweet voice and some mild protesting from Fisher. Typical stuff from a kid who will probably give up his afternoon nap soon.
Then we heard a slam and the tinkling of shattered glass.
Fisher had slammed his elbow through a pane of glass in his bedroom door.
Then he threw up about five times.
Nick raced home and we were off to Phoenix Children's Hospital. Diane the Superauntie ditched work and arrived here in 10 minutes flat to take care of Kristin and Jenny-Jane.
The X-ray and stitches only took about five hours! Fisher was so very brave.
Still, the star of the day was Kristin.
She showed up at the doctor's office looking absolutely gorgeous in a cute new top and hair flair (headband with flower). She was armed with a Sonic Strawberry Limeade RT 44 Slush and "The Hangover" movie downloaded onto her iPad. And she had her secret weapon: Nurse Lyndsay. You could almost look forward to chemo because it means getting to hang out with Lyndsay. She is so calming and cool.
Before the treatment, Kristin sat reading pages and pages about her new best-friend drugs--literally from Adriamycin to Zofran. Lyndsay was careful to explain all of the possible side effects, starting with a certain type of steroid before chemo.
"It has a tendency to cause a stinging sensation in the anal area."
WHAT? Happily, Kristin did not experience that.
On the bulletin board in front of Kristin's brown pleather recliner, dozens of pictures of people's dogs, cats and other pets were strangely comforting. Another bulletin board features many quotes. The visiting husband of a chemo patient gave us his take on the rather modest surroundings: Some doctors put a lot of energy into their office decor, other doctors put all their energy into their patients. Kristin's dedicated and experienced Dr. Wendt certainly belongs in the second category.
All is quiet now. Jenny-Jane and Fisher are tucked in their beds. Bella is sleeping, Bear is standing sentry at Kristin's bedroom door with a stuffed fishie toy in his mouth. Kristin is watching "The Hangover" in bed and trying not to think about feeling like she has a serious Level 11 hangover of her own. Nick seems satisfied that his sweet little family is safe and calm. Good night, everyone, and thank you for the outpouring of good wishes and prayers. We feel your love wafting throughout the house.