Today was my husband's birthday so Jemma and I made him a flourless chocolate cake. I love this quick and simple recipe from the Raw Food Made Easy cookbook. Dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, walnuts and a little bit of water and salt are mixed together in a food processor. Then the sticky mixture is shaped into a cake. It's so quick and delicious.
A lot has happened since the last update. The biggest news is that if everything continues to go well we will be going home on Friday afternoon. Today Jemma had chemo. Thursday she will have a brain scan which is part of the routine baseline testing. Friday she will have a lumbar puncture, bone marrow withdraw and chemo. Then we will hopefully go home for the weekend.
For the next seven days all the children in the cancer ward will be taking nine pills daily in addition to their normal regimen. Apparently a few days ago a patient was in the ward with an extremely contagious virus. The pills are a necessary precaution because the children have poor immune systems.
Also today, Jemma's steroid dosage was reduced. Over the next nine or ten days the daily dosage will be gradually decreased to zero. Steroids are the medication that has had a major impact on her diet.
The last bit of news is her stomach aches and the rashes on her hands and feet have all disappeared.
Leukemia is by far the most difficult thing I have ever had to deal with. But as bad as it is, when I look around the hospital, I am reminded constantly that it could be worse. Jemma was diagnosed only three days after we initially visited the pediatrician. There are many kids here with undiagnosed conditions. Because doctors have a decent understanding of Leukemia, her treatment plan is very well laid out. Unfortunately the process cannot be speeded up. She will not get better soon. She will get better in two years. Fortunately, the doctors know exactly which medications and dosages she will receive over the next two years, and what to expect after giving her those medications. I have always been someone who functions better when I know what to expect, and this plan helps me a tremendously.
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