Today Reba had her weekly checkup with Dr. Mavers and….
Reba’s levels are all great. Of note, her albumin is at a new record. Now it is 3.1 – up from Monday’s 2.9!!
Also, it’s the first time that she has not needed any transfusions after chemo. Her hemoglobin is at 9.1, her platelets are normal (~500) and her white blood cell count is surprisingly above expected (9000). We are still trying to get her magnesium level back up, it has been a little low since her second round of chemo. But, it is almost up to a normal level so we just keep giving her the oral supplement.
Occasionally, they have been collecting urine samples to measure homovanillic acid, a tumor marker for neuroblastoma. Dr. Mavers told us today that her numbers are decreasing, which is a good sign and indicates that the chemo is working.
Since Reba is 7 days into her chemo cycle we are expecting a drop in white blood cells soon (usually around day 10-14) and we’re praying that she can make it through the rest of the cycle without any fevers or exposure to any illness.
We are really excited about the results today and we are so thankful.
Chemo 4 is on the radar…