We left out at noon yesterday for Briley's scheduled chemo treatment. We just got back from Cooks the morning before, so it made this trip seem like a very long trip. We got to the clinic without incident and blood counts were down. The D.I. phase started living up to it's expectations. Her ANC (infection fighters) had dropped from 2100 down to 360. Counts below 500 are considered critical and will require her to be hospitalized with any fever above 100.5. She is very prone to sickness right now and we are keeping her isolated in the house. She can't even go outside and play.
Anyway, the chemo treatment is not count dependent, so she went ahead and got chemo. This will knock her down ever further. The doctor was a little surprised that her counts dropped so fast. Doc also was considering admitting Briley since her counts were so low and she recently had the fever. But she allowed us to go home since we didn't have any bags packed and with us on the condition that we watch Briley very close and take her temp quite often throughout the day.
She is not feeling her best today and I don't blame her. We would like to take her to the Relay for Life tonight, but can't with her counts. It's going to be a long month or more and we are doing what we can to keep her out of the hospital. The house is spotless! Please continue praying for Briley as she is now in the hardest battle against leukemia.