Today we played two fun games which are great for number recognition and learning to count.
She complained about pains in her mouth while eating. The chemo destroys mucus membranes and cuts or scrapes can be very painful. Think of spilling lemon juice on a cut. The doctor says it's pretty early in her treatment for this complaint and it could get worse. One of the medications she is taking causes strange sensations in the legs because it causes muscles and nerves not to work properly. The longer the medicine is taken, the worse the symptoms. This hasn't been too much of an issue yet, but she also complained of foot cramping.
On a good note, her appetite is huge. The steroids are making her hungry and she has been filling up on healthy foods; raspberries, green juice, cucumbers, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, meat, pasta and yogurt. She has been able to go and hasn't yet needed the stool softeners.
Tomorrow morning Jemma will have another lumbar puncture. This means she will be given anesthetic, the doctors will put medicine into her spinal fluid and they will check her fluid for blasts (bad white blood cells).