Wednesday, March 31, 2010


We have had some nice quiet days. We managed to avoid the ER or hospital run due to fever. This week we also got a break and have to go to the clinic only once for CBC.

We also went to celebrate Holi at Stanford. We did not go last year because we were not up to it. But this year, the weather was perfect, Amaey was feeling good and it just felt right.

The biggest news is that Amaey went to school on Monday after 5 months. It was very emotional. It was a short day at school and he managed it fine.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Amaey's counts are up and he is not neutropenic anymore!!

He was so happy when the nurse brought his lab results. Before she could say anything he was already asking to go out to eat, go to Adi's b'day, have a playdate, go watch a movie... I couldn't contain him. So he did get to eat at Pasta Pomodoro. He was craving ravioli in creme sauce.

Tonight he gets to go and watch "How to train a Dragon" with Apurva, Arjun, and Amol.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Feel trapped

So Amaey did have a drop in his counts. He is very neutropenic and he needed a platelet transfusion.
We came home after 7hrs at the hospital. Both Amaey and I were feeling very humpoof (Amaey's word for blah). It is Amaey's buddy's b'day party today and he is going to miss it. I can sense how bad he feels. He was really sad at night and I told him I felt the same way. He wanted a head massage to help him fall asleep and he was so cute, he started giving me a massage too. He said because I was humpoof I needed a massage too. He is just so precious.

This morning he woke up feeling blah and I told him to change his day cycle. I asked him to pick whatever he would like to do first thing, even before brushing and he ran off to play his new game on the playstation... I know that will make him feel special.

We started lockdown a week before his chemo. Then we were in the hospital for a week. We come back and we are in lockdown for another week to help him regain his strength and now we need to be in lockdown for another week so that we can avoid the fever and hospital stay. I know he feels trapped. I feel that sometimes. The routine of all of this kills me sometimes. I can't be impulsive and jump out of bed and say today I'm going to do something different.

This whole cycle is so weird. You feel guilty for not being there and you feel guilty for being there too much and wanting some space. I'm just scared of the weekend, that's what it is. I know Apurva and I are constantly going to stare at his face, look for signs check his temperature... it's almost psychotic in a way.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

CBC today

Amaey is slowly regaining his strength. He is slow and does not eat much but his spirits are high. He is happy to be home but sad that he cannot see any of his friends or go outside and do anything. However, he understands the meaning of lockdown.
We have his labs today and lets see what they says. This is the week when his counts spiral down and weekend is when we have usually taken him in for a fever. We are really hoping to avoid that.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Amaey is home

Apurva just came home with Amaey. He is so so so happy. He has a smile that looks bigger than his tiny face.

Friday, March 12, 2010

So where are we?

It has been long 4 days and they are not over yet.
I don't know where to begin from since a lot has happened since we got admitted on Tuesday.

Tuesday day was fine until 6pm when the 1st does of chemo was making it's way in Amaey's body. He slowed down and got really cranky and tired. He slept early that night but was up the entire night because he had intense diarrhea. In between nurse check-ins and meds and waking up to go to the bathroom the entire night went in a state of frenzy.

Apurva came in to relieve me in the morning. When I left the hospital at 9am Amaey was still weak and in bed and he sounded cranky too. Throughout the day when I would call to check-in he seemed slow and sleepy. He did not have a fever so that was good. Apurva forced him out of bed around 6pm to change and freshen-up and he went back to sleep again. Around 8pm he tried to feed him some broth and called me so that I could sing to him. I did, and all 4 of us were on speaker and Apurva asked Amaey to say a few words to us... nothing. We all tried to get some reaction from him but nothing happened. I thought he was low energy and sleepy so I did not push it and put the phone down.

After My phone call, Amaey threw up. Apurva said he threw up a lot and then he almost became listless. He stared with his eyes but said nothing. He just stared blankly. Apurva got really scared and called the nurse who called the doctor. I got a call from Apurva around 10pm. He said Amaey did not look good and he wanted me to leave and come to the hospital right away. I reached the hospital to find lot of activity outside his room and atleast 8 people around his bed. Everyone was looking at a still, pale, bloated little child. I do not know what they were saying. They were saying a lot of things. Apurva was trying to repeat the same information over and over again to different folks. Next thing we are taking him for a CT scan. I was holding his hand the whole time. Apurva and I were trying to make him talk, move, move his lids, squeeze my hand... nothing. However, I could eel the warmth from his palm and that made me feel like he was there.

After the CT they decided to take him to the ICU. A lot of different things happened in the ICU. He was looked at by lot of people, new meds, ivy and such. He still looked the same. However, I was still holding his palm and I realized that he was grabbing my finger. He would not let go. That was a good sign. Around 4am we saw his eyeballs move very slightly. I do not remember the time but he was suddenly agitated and tugging his pants, they had hooked some bags for him to pee into and he was trying to pull it off. We were so relieved to see him coming back to life.
Long story short, lot of different things happened in the hours we were at the ICU. Finally at 10ish they moved us to a recovery room in the ICU and that felt good. Around 4pm they moved him back to his room.

He is still weak and complaining of aches and pains. BUT he is much better than he was the night before.

Apparently his sodium was very low and his electrolytes were out of whack. They could not give him his last does for ARC which was due at 4am. The oncologists decided that they will not give it to him anymore. He is officially done with this deathly medicine.

He still needs to get 1 more chemo but they are waiting for his lab results before they can do anything. Not sure when we will go home. I would rather he get better before we leave the hospital. This was bloody scary and we don't want to take any chances.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Last ARC

We are in the hospital for the last round of Cyterabine.
They started the chemo at 4 pm. He is still on prednasone so he is still pretty hungry which is good because the chemo will kill his appetite.

We just found out that PF Changs is around the corner from the hospital, we were so shocked that we did not know that. So Amaey already knows what he wants for dinner tomorrow.

So far so good.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Wow I have cooked up a storm

I'm so tired today. I couldn't figure out why until Amaey came in and asked for some Macaroni and cheese.
He started his premeds this morning. 1 med makes him drowsy and the other med makes him hungry.

This morning for breakfast he had pancakes and sausages with a glass of milk.
For seconds I gave him more pancakes and sausages and some raspberries.
Then the drowsiness set in and he slept from 9am to 11:30am.
Then he was hungry so I made mini idlis, edemame beans, raspberries.
I was eating linguine for lunch and he liked the smell so he took over my lunch.
After everything was done he looked up and said, can I have boiled eggs....

When we got in the car for the hospital I gave him a z-bar and later a fruit bar.

We came home and he had cheese pizza for snack and shared some of my tea.

Minestrone soup and bread for dinner.
Just made M&C and before he left the kitchen he said he was still hungry and he will come back for more food.

Wow, I cannot imagine the kind of havoc these meds must create inside him. It always amazes me.

I feel like I was on his meds... had a roller coaster day at work. I'm re-writing a class for next semester and I thought I was done with my work to find out that I need to re-think 80% of the material. As for the 2 classes I'm teaching the students are dragging their feet and submitting their assignments at the last hour. The class ended today and suddenly I have 24 assignments to check in 2 days.

I think I'm just complaining because I'm dreading the hospital stay. Every speck of my body is fighting right now.

But something wonderful happened to bring a warm fuzzy smile at the end of the day- Kids & Art got it's non-profit status. Kids & Art Foundation is a 501(c)3.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

This week

After the Monday chemo, we did not have to go in to the hospital at all. They decided to give him a break from blood test as well. We have had a really wonderful week. This weekend is lock down since Amaey has to go in for ARC from Tuesday.

This is the evil one but if we look at the bright side... this is the last evil one.

I will take him in on Monday for labs and I will start his oral premeds. If his labs look good we will go in on Tuesday whenever they have a bed for us.

We also found out that they have lifted the H1 N1 flu curfew which means that Arjun will be able to go and see Amaey.

Monday, March 01, 2010


We went in for Amaey's day chemo. Since he had a reaction with it last time they had planned to give him premeds.
They decided to give him extra hydration as well since he had vasovagal and had fainted.

It made it a longer day but it worked like a charm. As soon as they gave him his ivy benadryl he was instantly drowsy. He slept through all of his chemo. He woke up 15 minutes before leaving.

The minute they said he was done and ok to leave we literally ran out of there. I just did not want for anything to happen. I wanted us to be home.