Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wednesday 8/27

Mike here - So the transfusion went well enough the other day, what day was it - ah, Tuesday? Monday? I took Lisa in at about 7PM but we didn't get home until 4:30 AM. Ouch. She didn't miss any sleep but I paid the price. The rest of the day yesterday went fine. Our little miss sunshine is her ol' self and as spunky as ever. Today she's fine too, but she woke her sister Maranda up today because her nose was bleeding. Linda's probably on her way to the clinic as I type this.
The chemo drugs, as you may recall, halt the growth of our fast growing cells. Since cancer cells are among the fastest growing cells they are effectively targeted. The down side is that we've lots of other fast growing cells such as skin cells. Since skin cell production is greatly reduced, cancer patients often have rashes and sore spots and nose bleeds and the like. That's bad enough but combine that with low platelets like Lisa had the other day and you've got a problem.
The nose bleed seemed to stop with the help of a cold pak and they're on their way to the clinic so there's no cause for alarm but that's where we're at today folks. Thanks for checking in and for your continued support and prayers.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi McMaster Family,
Hope all is well. Just wanted to let you know that if you need any help during the school year let me know as we don't live far.

Take care
The Kreagers

p.s. How is Maranda?

Jeanette said...

Glad to hear the transfusion didn't keep Lisa from being her spunky self. Hope the visit to the clinic is very quick and goes smoothly.

Ashley Howley said...

I just heard the Lisa Song for the first time! Rock on!

Karen said...

It was great seeing the whole McMaster family at school tonight!!