Our girl is making steady progress, and we anticipate her return home this weekend!
She was supposed to receive her last doses of chemo (for the current phase of treatment) this past Monday, but due to low blood counts and her general poor health, they were deferred. Dr. V. decided that she will only be receiving Vincristine and not Methotrexate. (Methotrexate was the drug that caused the ulcerated digestive tract.) He assured us that one missed dose would not have any negative consequences.
If Maggie does return, there is a good chance that she will be bringing her IV pole with her for a temporary stay. Why discharge her? While the hospital is sometimes necessary, it harbors within its walls all sorts of gnarly illnesses. For someone with a compromised immune system, it's a dangerous place to be. Plus, as one of her doctors pointed out, kids don't belong in hospitals.
Maggie is more than ready to come home. She has already planned a celebratory meal (homemade macaroni and cheese) and has asked whether we might sing her a welcome home song and make a banner for the front door.
In the meantime, she has been biding her time by keeping busy. Books have been read,
halls have been roamed,
and toenails have been painted.
(That's Nurse Brenda painting Maggie's toenails - she wasn't even assigned to Maggie that night! So dang awesome!)
I cannot wait to have my girlie and my husband home!