Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Three years old today

Summer officially turns three in about half an hour. We have had an awesome day despite having to make a trip to the clinic this morning. She spent the night with my mom last night and was up before 6 a.m. this morning. As soon as she was dropped off, she opened her birthday presents. I figured she might want to take one of them with her to the clinic to play with. She got Mickey Mouse Memory and a Tinkerbell wrap blanket. She wanted to take both so we hopped in the car and left. We didn't have to wait long. One game of Memory and half a book was all we go in before they called her back. She weighed 31.6 pounds. Yay! She pitched a fit when the time came to get her finger pricked even though Miss Ashley was trying to distract her with her whale light. During this, the nurse and Miss Ashley found out it was Summer's bday so Miss Ashley went off to get Summer 3 birthday presents since she was three today. We went to the craft room to pass a little time and Summer made a glue / glitter picture. She really enjoyed it since she has never really worked with either one of those in that way before. Then Miss Ashley showed up with the gifts. Summer got Rio de Janeiro Barbie, a whistling frisbee type thing, a purple bandana and a few other odds and ends. Miss Ashley also gave us Dancing Princess party decorations. That was awesome too because now I don't have to go buy them myself. She even got a pull string pinata. That should be lots of fun too. That is if we get to have this girl a real party.

Her counts, aka ANC, was only 100. For those of you who don't know, less than 500 is very low and she shouldn't go into public places. Less than 1000 is still considered low. She has to get up to 2000 to stop her shots and then it has to be 1500 to start the next round of chemo which is due next week. I am not sure exactly what a normal ANC is, but I know it can be 14,000 or higher for her when the white blood cells are producing good so normal must be higher than that. So, we continue with the shots until we go back on Friday to have them checked again. Her hemoglobin and platelets were good so she didn't need any blood. Another, yay!!!

Too bad this is Mother's Day weekend because if her counts are up, it is when we would need to have the party since she is due chemo next week. Of course, they might not be up so we might have more time to get the party in. I really don't want to wait until after the next chemo because then she will be nauseous and not feeling good for a while. :( So we wait to see what her counts are going to do.

We did go to our friend's house today for lunch. They are not sick and are mainly homebodies so I thought it would be safe and fun for her to at least go somewhere on her special day. Selena made Summer's favorite food, spaghetti, although Summer didn't actually eat too much of it today. Melissa had brought chocolate cupcakes with pink icing, but Summer wanted chocolate icing. LOL. Anyways, she got her way because they had left some of the cupcakes plain and don't you know my buddy has almost everything in her cabinets. Melissa also picked up some balloons for the kids and they loved them. Summer got a special Barney balloon so that was awesome too! After that, the kids played outside a little before we headed home.

Summer fell asleep on the way home and I carried her in to finish her nap. She was not a happy camper when she got up, but I held her and babied her a little until I had to start dinner. She ate her mashed potatoes with corn on top. I mix mine all together so I guess that is where she got that idea from. She also ate a little chicken and baked beans. Since then we have been playing, reading, and just enjoying the rest of the day. Now it is time for us to hit the sack. I'll try to get some pics up tomorrow if I get a chance. I just hope we don't have to go back to the hospital. I took her temperature a while ago and it was 99.9. So I gave her some Ibuprofen to hopefully pull it down. I am really hoping it doesn't go up to the magic number because then we will be spending at least part of Mother's day weekend in the hospital.

Anyways, Happy Birthday to my little girl! And, many, many more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kristi J said...

Happy 3rd Birthday, Summer!!

Hope she is feeling well for her party! I'm specifically praying for better counts and the fever going down so no more hospital time this week!

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday Summer!!!!!!

Praying for those counts to go up up up up!!!!

Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday Summer!

Kathie said...

Happy Birthday, Summer!! Lots of hugs!! Wish we could celebrate with her!! I am getting her a gift, it will just be a little late :-) I hope she stays out of the hospital so that she can enjoy the rest of her B'day week!!

the mol said...

Happy birthday Summer!!!!

I asked, because I was curious, and a normal ANC is from about 5,000 to 10,000. It gets much higher, temporarily, from Neupogen. An elevated ANC in an otherwise healthy person sometimes indicates infection, because the body is working harder to fight it.

We were told not to give meds for fever, at least not until they are actually in the hospital, because it can mask a possible infection. Check with her docs about that.

Sending lots of "stay home" vibes!!!! Home is awesome.

Tricia said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Summer!
Sounded like a very busy day for you both, I'd need a nap too.
Hope her levels jump up soon.

Susie said...

Happy Birthday Summer!! Hope you get to have a wonderful birthday party. Praying for you.

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Summer! I'm praying for you daily!

Bridgett said...

Happy birthday to sweet Summer!

Darn. I was really hoping her counts would be better. :(

Hang in there!


Michael said...
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Michael said...

Jennifer, you should really be careful with the ibuprofen because it will bring her temp down, but if she has an infection, it won't help her fight it off, and it might look like she's improving. On a happier note, tell Summer happy birthday from Lindsay and me.

Stephycce said...

Aww Happy Birthday Summer!!

Tiffany said...

Summer was born on my dad's b-day! Happy Birthday to your baby girl!