Jack has so many appointments. ALL THE TIME. Chemotherapy is only part of cancer treatment – there are a lot of extras that come along with it. Bonuses, if you will. (Ha!)
This is a snapshot of Jack’s January appointments – minus the things I’ve pushed off into next month, like the one that checks that his spinal fluid pressure isn’t damaging his optic nerve or the echocardiogram to measure organ damage from 3 years of chemo. It also doesn’t include the learning and psychological assessments he’s had at school this month.
January 2 – Ultrasound to check for damage to veins from Broviac catheter (looks good! whew!)
January 9 – Therapy
January 12 – Pediatrician due to dizziness, fatigue, headaches, nausea (inconclusive!)
January 15 – Lab draw (to hopefully explain dizziness, fatigue, headaches, nausea)
January 16 – Breathing treatment
January 20 – Lumbar puncture, oncologist exam, chemotherapy infusion
January 21 – Eye exam
January 22 – Dental cleaning (if his platelets and white blood cell counts are high enough)
January 23 – Therapy
January 27 – ADHD Assessment
As you can see, the longest stretch we’ve gone without making a trip to Kaiser was 7 days. BUT! Add on Desmond’s well-child check (January 5) and that stretch disappears.
I think we might spend more time at Kaiser than at home.