Today was a long, LONG day at the clinic for Georgia's first day of the Consolidation phase of treatment. We checked in this morning at 7:45 am, and we left at 5:30 pm! She had a Lumbar Puncture with Intrathecal Chemotherapy (LP-ITC) and then two new IV medicines, one of which requires a lot of fluids before and after administration. We also got a prescription for her first oral chemotherapy medicine. While we're glad to be moving on to the next phase, it's a bit intimidating because there is a lot more to learn and a lot of "new" coming at us. Hopefully, Georgia will tolerate everything as well as she has so far, and if not, we've got medicines to help her through the side effects. But let's think positive, okay? : )
This phase of treatment is more intense than the initial Induction phase, so we're very thankful Georgia had last week "off" to gear up for it. For these next two weeks, she'll go to the clinic Tuesday-Friday, and then once or twice a week for the following two weeks. Rinse, repeat for another four weeks, minus any day surgery. This first month, she'll have one LP-ITC each week, plus one round of PEG shots in the third week (remember those from the hospital?). She and I figured out that over the next three phases of treatment (which are eight weeks each), she'll have to be "asleep" nine times (counting today) and have PEG shots six times. But she's ready - our girl is made of steel, y'all! And everyone, everyone, comments on how sweet she is. The absolute model patient.
We have more "purple pictures" to post (say that three times fast), and we've got a special announcement coming soon, so stay tuned. This week, we're really focused on this new phase of treatment, so please send all your positive energy and prayers Georgia's way. Thanks for always keeping her on your mind!