The stay at home was all too brief. It seemed that everything we did Wednesday and Thursday was in preparation of his potentially being readmitted Friday rather than the hoped-for Monday. As a result, none of us really had a chance for extended rest and relaxation. Still, he loved being at home with the dogs, wearing his clothes and sleeping without interruption.
On Friday, once we dug out from the still-falling snow, Deb took him back for his second bone marrow biopsy and lumbar puncture. When Dr. Massaro turned up, she started suggesting that given the adverse weather conditions, rather than potentially being summoned back on Saturday, why doesn’t Robbie just stay and begin round two. Since all his doctors were leaning towards this and only reluctantly allowed us to consider returning Monday, Robbie agreed.
Later, Dr. Massaro admitted she already reserved a room for him the day before. And the room turned out to be 728, right where he was on Tuesday. We’ll be here for, at minimum, the eight days required for round two. If he’s fever-free at that point, he’ll be home pretty quickly and only need to come back if he develops fevers.
This time, though, he was bursting with energy and no sooner was he readmitted than Child Life wheeled in a TV and PS2 set up. Before too long he was jamming on Guitar Hero III, even sharing it with Katie from Child Life. By dinner time, he was already receiving medications to help with the forthcoming side effects as the chemo began.
We’ll know on Monday what they found in the bone marrow but already know the spinal fluid remains leukemia free. Depending upon what they see, we’ll know if a bone marrow transfusion is necessary. If so, it won’t be coming from us. Dr. Massaro turned up later to tell us that neither Kate nor the parents were matches. Should it come to a transfusion, she was very confident that a match will be found.
He endured the first few drugs overnight without incident. Today, he’s a little sore from the procedures and took a nice afternoon nap. So far, so good.