Talitha didn't feel so good today. She didn't feel like doing much and was very tired, even took multiple naps throughout the day.
Tonight at 10pm when we took her temperature it was high enough that we called the on-call doctor in oncology at the PCMC and she told us to take Talitha to the emergency room at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center here in Provo to get blood drawn for a white blood cell count and for cultures. We said a prayer and took her in.
Her temperature had already dropped a bit by the time the admitting nurse checked.
The blood culture will take 48 hours to process but the white blood cell count was done in less than half an hour. Talitha is in the extreme danger-of-infection zone with a count that is now 300. (Anything below 500 is scary.) They expected it would drop very low during the week following chemo.
The good news is they did not have us take her up to the PCMC in Salt Lake. We must watch her closely and if she gets a temperature of 101.2 or higher, we will need to admit her to the hospital in Salt Lake for a minimum of 48 hours.
We hope her white blood cell is near it's bottom level and will soon start heading up. Talitha does not want to be in the hospital again so soon.