Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Just Got Home From The E.R.

Jo Ann and I just got little Pablo home from the E.R. He fell asleep around 9:30 p.m. Jo Ann checked on him a few minutes later, and he was burning up. She called the on-duty Oncologist at CHLA, and we were told to bring him in.

Turned out to be nothing. Due to the potential for infections of any and all stripes, we can't mess around. The E.R. was packed tonight, and everything took forever. In addition to the fever, a small but notticeable bump has appeared on Pablo's back. We had the E.R. peeps check it out. After consulting with the Oncology Fellow on duty, they determined that the new bump was OK, and could be checked out in the morning by Mascarenhas.

Pablo looks good, his blood tests came back great (we haven't had a bad one yet!), and they felt there was no urgent need to do a CT scan. Thank God!

As a safe measure, Pablo got 900mg of a powerful antibiotic–the same thing we get every time we go in with a fever. It takes 30 minutes for the fluid to pump into his body. Usually, they make us wait 30 minutes after that goes in. Luckily, we had our magic fave nurse Stephanie tonight. She knows that we know the drill, so she let us go home immediately.

The good news is that we are now ahead on our Oncology Clinic appointment for tomorrow (a/k/a later today). It's 3:35 a.m. as I write this. We're due in the Onc Clinic at 8 a.m. Since we already have P's blood labs from, like, 10:30 last night, we're gonna live on the edge and turn up at the clinic at 8:30, carrying the print-out of last night's labs. If it works, we'll have bought ourselves an extra 30 minutes of precious sleep. And the clinic will go a lot faster.

We are excited as hell to see Dr. Mascarenhas at 9 a.m. A couple things on Pablo's body have us nervous. It will be comforting to have his view on them.

More later. I am seriously tired.

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