after i posted yesterday, a few things happened:
my mom and i took a walk through the hospital. it was pretty awkward. i had to wear a mask to prevent picking up airborne bacteria, and i had to tote around my IV as well. let's just say, people noticed. when i went into an elevator, people covered their mouths because they assumed i was contageous due to the mask i was wearing. we had to explain a few to a few people that i was wearing a mask for MY saftey, not theirs. furthermore, outside of the elevator i noticed many people staring at me. i guess it's not everyday that you see a girl with a mask, jammies, a bathrobe and an IV walking through the halls, but it was still a little weird to have people stare at you as you pass by.
later that night, they started me on a light chemotherapy treatment called atra last night as well as a steroid in hopes of reducing the side effects (specifically a spike in my white blood cell count). today, my white blood cell count is down from 130,000 to 90,000 and my fever is going down as well, which means the atra is working and the steroids are doing their jobs as well.
as of this morning, my picc IV, however, is bleeding a lot. this is mostly because i have a harder time forming clots.
as for gradutation, my family has arranged with my guidance counselors for potential wheelchair seating, because we don't know what kind of condition i'll be in on june 26th. prom... i'm still deciding whether or not to go. i've got a date, a dress and will have tickets, but i won't have hair. ick...