Lanie was not feeling well this morning. She had a bad headache. She had shivers last night, but no fever. That’s good. She told us that the doctor didn’t have a lot to say. Her conversations are very short right now because it’s just a waiting game now.
Lanie has been able to continue eating. She wasn’t able to eat when she woke up, but the evenings seem to be better for her. I know she hardly ate today. She had a bowl of cereal. She didn’t eat her breakfast. But she ate donuts when we brought them, and for dinner, she ate chicken and vegetable stir-fry that Jordan cooked for her.
Lanie can’t eat raw fruits or vegetables because of the bacteria and viruses that can be present on the raw fruits and veggies. So she can either order from the menu of the hospital, or we can cook for her. She can’t eat anything that she doesn’t know how it was cooked. We have to make sure she has no germs so she doesn’t get sick. If she gets an infection right now, it literally could kill her. She’s completely neutropenic now.
When a person is neutropenic, they have no immunity to fight off all the germs, bacteria, and viruses in the air. The chemo causes a person to be neutropenic because the good cells get killed off when the bad cells do with the chemo. So when Lanie leaves her room to go on her walks, she has to wear a mask and gloves. We have to wash our hands all the time in the hospital. They have sanitizer foam dispensers all over the hospital, in her room, and right outside her door. They also have a sign that says “Foam in, foam out.”
It seems Lanie will have to do another round of a stronger chemo to get rid of all the masses. They’re all down, some gone, but not enough. They’ll know for sure once the biopsy is done on Monday, though the results don’t come back for about 3 to 4 days. There’s also a lesion in her mouth, which isn’t growing; it’s staying the same, but her cheeks are starting to swell back up.