Cami had two clinic appointments this month (well one was the very end of July, but who's counting?) We are having a bit of trouble with Cami's ANC. The ANC is the number that the oncologists use to measure almost EVERYTHING in the cancer world. When Cami has a low ANC is is because the chemotherapy has killed off her neutrophils and she is prone to infection. Obviously the Doctors don't want Cami's ANC to drop so low and put her in danger of serious illness or infection, BUT when that number drops, the Doctors know that the chemo is doing it's job. While in maintenance the ideal ANC would be anywhere from 500-1500. Cami's ANC has been consistently too high. Her Doctors keep upping her daily chemo dosage and that darn ANC has just not been dropping. Obviously we are delighted that Cami can be out in public and we don't have to worry as much if one of her friends has a runny nose, BUT it is also scary because we desperately want and need this chemo to do its job. Poor little Cami is now taking 150% of both her chemo pills at home. With that 150% comes an extra 50% of side effects and let me tell you, she is feeling them. Her legs are hurting a lot more, she is nauseous again, and she gets exhausted easily. These chemo pills are most defiantly effecting her little body, I just wish they would effect her cells on the same level.
Here is Cami at clinic on 7/28/11
They gave her a giant stuffed bunny and she was thrilled!
Cami's next appointment was just today and good news... her ANC has dropped into the "good range"! We aren't getting too excited just yet because last time we upped her chemo we had one month in the "good range" and then back up that ANC went, but we are happy that the higher dose seems to be dropping her ANC, at least a little.
Here is Miss Cami today going into PCMC
and here she is about to make a wish in the fountain..
We had a play-date at the splash pad with some of our cancer friends.
We packed up last minute and went camping at Pine View with Cami's cousins.
We had another fun Hope Kids activity at the Dinosaur museum.
Where we met up with some friends
What is summer without a stinky, sizzlin' hot, sweaty trip to the zoo. It's everyone's favorite right? Um, this I can live without, but the kids love it so I took one for the team...
and I only whined a little.
Phil (another bud since Kindergarten) and his cute mom Kathy at the wedding.
Jon and Nic
This is the best picture of the wedding I got. It was so beautiful!
Love these boys.
(all these guys were Pat's best men at our wedding almost 8 years ago,
what great friends!)
I got to go to Sprinkles (thanks for indulging me guys).