Clinic Update

Mollie had clinic today (I just realized I forgot to post about August clinic because Matt took her to the appointment.  Oops!).

Great news-  her ANC is 2800- perfect!  All of her other blood counts (WBC 6.3; Hgb- 12.7; Plt 219), electrolytes, and liver enzymes are in the normal range too.

But the visit was a little difficult because they sprung a flu shot on her and needed to get blood via normal venipuncture (in the arm) and not Mollie's preferred finger stick.  Mollie cried lots of tears and begged me to let her wait on the flu shot.  While it was hard for me to see her cry, it reminded me that it has been over a year since she's had any invasive procedures (besides the regular finger or arm stick) and she's forgotten what it is like to deal with surprises at the oncology clinic.
Child life was great at helping her deal with it; they gave her the option of using freezy spray (a numbing agent that they spray on the skin).  Mollie had never used it before, so they brought in a teddy bear and demonstrated on him and then let her take the bear home!  She forgot all about the pain after that.

The other good news from Dr. J (oncologist) is that Mollie now only has to be seen in clinic every 3 months!  Sept. 3 was the 1 year anniversary of her end of treatment (!) and that means they can space out the follow-up visits further.  Mollie is happy about it; me, not so much.  I like the peace of mind that the monthly CBC offers, even if it is a false sense of security.

That's it for now!  Have a great week!