Fever and neutropenia, that is. They should call it effin' N.
Mollie is in the hospital. She has a very low ANC (~30; remember, normal is >1500) and a very high fever (103). We consulted with the oncologist on call in Augusta and he said to take her to the children's hospital in Charlotte. I had hoped it would be an in and out trip, but that wasn't in the cards. Levine Children's Hospital is every bit as good as MCG, but we just are not familiar with their staff and protocols. The port access did not go well (it never does in the ER) and she had to get stuck twice. But child life (Shannon) was awesome! She brought Mollie a movie, stuffed animal, and blanket and got her talking about her new Scooby Doo silly bands. I am so, so proud of Mollie. Scared as she was, she didn't shed a tear. My heart sunk when I heard that her white blood cell count was only 0.5 because I knew that earned her an admission.
She is feeling pretty low right now and my heart is breaking for her. She will miss her second week at her new school. And she was designated the star student for this week! She had her poster and show and tell all ready to go. I will head back to the hospital in the morning with a bunch of stuff to keep her busy. Today she was interested in doing math in the ER!!
I am feeling insecure because these aren't the doctors I know and they don't know Mollie. However, deep down I don't care who is treating her; I just want her fever to come down and ANC to go up, up, up!!