Monday, November 12, 2012

Day + 3 and + 4

 Yesterday was Mia's worst day so far.  When I arrived she had just had some pain medicine because of  her mouth sores/mucusitus.  The medicine made made her kind of zone out.  We cut the dose the next time but then decided to put her on a PCA.  This gives her a small amount of medicine constantly and allows her to administer an additional dose as needed.  So far she hasn't needed the extra.  Since chemotherapy kills all rapidly growing cells it also kills cells in your mouth and all through the gastrointestinal tract.  It has caused her tongue to swell and so much pain that she can't eat at all.  She does throw up though and that is also painful.  Today she threw up twice.  We also found out today that Mia has C-Diff.  So they have added another antibiotic.

Mia finally started to feel a little better in the afternoon and sat in her chair for a while.

 These are five lines that she is hooked up to.

 Today the craft was a flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz.  Mia felt so much better today.  She got a unit of blood and one of platelets.

 Here she is painting.  After the painting she was not too interested in finishing so she had me help her with all the gluing.

 Here is the finished product.

 Mia loves to do crafts, so she asked child life to bring her another project.  This is a silly paper hat.The top stretches.

Mia wanted to sit up today.  I moved the rocking chair near the window so she could watch the construction and cars.  Mia is a people watcher.  She also played on the computer.  She never took a nap today and was still awake when I left this evening.

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