Today was the first official day of Jemma's treatment. Up until this point the focus has been on eliminating the initial infection, controling her pain and performing medical tests. Over the past six days she has had two chest x-rays, seven ultra sounds, two EKG's, and three IV's. She has had blood drawn numerous times. I'm guessing about 15. She has learned to swallow pills and is filled with morphine, antibiotics and now steroids. Every time she urinates it is tested. She also had a lumbar puncture in her back to see if her cancer is in her nervous system and a bone marrow biopsy... and it's only day one. That sounds awful, so let me show you a photo of her today.
James Harriot's Treasury for Children.
The results from the testing confirmed that she has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) B-Cell. So far it looks like the cancer is not in her nervous system.
Tomorrow she will have an EEG test done on her brain and another x-ray.
Blood will be drawn at least two times, and I'm pretty sure a few friends are coming to visit.