We're back in the hospital, but everything is alright. Most children going through Leukemia treatment develop a fever which requires hospitalization at the end of Phase 2A.
After I left you all hanging and worried on Thursday night my husband and I spent two sleepless nights monitoring Jemma's temperature. Her fever was below 101.3 and so she wasn't required to receive antibiotics and be hospitalized, however it was around 100 degrees F which was significantly higher than normal. Since she had a very low immune system we knew that if she did get sick it would happen extremely quickly. I tried to sleep first while my husband took Jemma's temperature every 20-30 minutes, and then he tried to sleep while I monitored Jemma. This went on for 36 hours - very stressful.
On Saturday her temperature was still around 100 degrees F, she still told me she felt fine, and her breathing was still normal. However, she was a little cold and sleeping more than the prior two days. We went to the hospital for a blood check and were admitted.
Her immune system went from low on Thursday to zero on Saturday, her fever was mild, and the infection level in her blood was slightly elevated. Rather than wait a few hours until the infection took over, she was admitted and given antibiotics via the iv. In addition, she received another dose of the medication she received on Thursday to combat blood coagulation problems and prevent thrombosis.
Although he was ready to leave after the first hour, being here benefited him greatly. He saw the doctor's take blood from Jemma's catheter and shoot it into bottles to test for infection, before learning about hospital food and how to play the card game Gin. He took over my computer to build a house using Google Sketch-Up, and when all that fun ran out he learned how to work Jemma's bed. Seven hours was plenty for him, but I'm glad he was able to come with us. I knew it would happen sooner or later.
I'm not sure when we will get to go home. That all depends on how long the infection level in her blood takes to decrease, but that typically takes between three to five days.
Sorry this post is a bit late. I managed to use all my internet megabytes today and had to wait until midnight to post when my account was reset.