Thursday, November 8, 2012

Leukemia - How is Jemma? - Day 144

Jemma is doing great. We are back in the hospital for her third round of methotrexate chemotherapy and we are following the plan. After arriving she cried straight for one hour and fifteen minutes. She was inconsolable. Nobody could calm her down, but then she needed to use the bathroom and just snapped out of it. The rest of the night she was happy. I'm still not sure why she was sobbing. My guess is that she was tired and didn't want to be here.

Last night was another sleepless night, not only because she had to go to the bathroom several times during the night, but also because we had a roommate. The two and a half year old girl who is sharing the room has communication issues with her mom which leads to lots of screams and cries. Unfortunately this happens at least once per hour during the day and happened four or five times during the night.

After her lumbar puncture this morning Jemma got another headache. Headache is a common side effect with this procedure, but she received some headache medicine, had a nap and everything was better.

Last night I showed her how to make friendship bracelets by tying knots with four strands of embroidery floss. This activity has kept her busy all day. She loves it and has plans to make several bracelets.

One Artsy Mama For the Kids Friday Favorite Resource This Week


  1. So glad that Jemma is continuing to do well. Sorry you had a roommate that is making things interesting in the hospital. Maybe you could ask for a room change, and suggest they try to pair up children based on similar ages. Probably to hard for the hospital to do but worth looking into:)

    1. The hospital does try to assign rooms based on child health, sex and age. This little girl is probably the closest one to Jemma's age other than the sick little girl down the hall. There are eight rooms in the ward which can hold about 16 children. The little girl only woke up two times the second night. It's really not so bad. Aren't sleepless nights expected in the hospital?

  2. I'm glad that Gemma is doing well, although the hospital sounds like a trial!
    Friendship bracelets can be lots of fun, and it's good that they can serve as a distraction for Gemma. I never knew there was a site dedicated to friendship bracelets. Thanks for sharing at Favorite Resources.


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