Thursday, November 1, 2012

Leukemia - How is Jemma? - Day 137

Usually the parents at the Kindergarten make the St. Martin's Day lanterns for their children, but when Jemma's teacher brought her's over, she couldn't wait to get started. Jemma's doing great. We have been so busy with crafts, school and activities we have barely thought about Leukemia - except the nightly pills, and dealing with the insurance company of course.
Jemma put together her own witch costume for Halloween and looked so darn cute. Over the past few weeks the kids have created a few Halloween decorations, but this year was a big let down for them. Halloween is an American holiday. Despite this fact we have gone trick-or-treating in our German neighborhood since we moved here. This year I just didn't want to do that.

More than one friend offered to take the older two out with them, but I didn't want to deal with the disappointment of Jemma not being able to join them, so we all stayed here together. After dinner we dressed in costume hoping to greet some trick-or-treaters at our own door. My son was hilarious in his clown hat, tie and funny glasses. He named himself Quino and told us a story about how he got his red nose. He said he was 52, but when he was 48 he was in a car accident. During the accident his nose was scraped on the windshield, turned red and swelled up. Hearing it from him was much better than my retelling I'm sure. We played games, read stories and then went to bed. A group of eight trick-or-treaters did show up, but the kids were already in bed.

Since the chemotherapy Jemma is taking now can lead to painful mouth sores I didn't want to add candy to the diet. Just last week I spoke with a boy in the room next to her with these mouth sores. Although I'm not familiar with his diet, I have seen him eating chocolate bars. We have been told not to give Jemma sugar, and I just saw this as an unnecessary risk. She eats well and her therapy is going great. I don't want to mess that up.

Tomorrow we go to the hospital to have her blood checked and then next Wednesday for another four night stay.

  Keeping It Simple

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