Thursday, April 16, 2009

Charlotte is Back in the Hospital

Crap...crap...crappity crap crap...

We are back in the hospital. Charlotte woke up with a 102 fever this morning. Roger took her to the clinic and her counts are near 0. They also think she might have a Urinary Tract or Bladder infection. Joy.

She has been admitted to 7 East and they will do a blood transfusion plus possibly a platelet transfusion.

No word yet as to how long we'll be in this time. We'll let you know.

In other (much better) news, I met this morning with the Marketing Rep at Qdoba Mexican Grill regarding the fundraiser for Charlotte. They will be holding a Burrito Eating Contest with lots of prizes and opportunities to donate to Charlotte's cause. The date is May 3. More details to come in a future post. Will post on Facebook as well.

Gotta run and get ready for Romp n' roll.


Big wheels keep on turnin'....

Thanks to Monica for that post in the Guestbook today about the Alligator Wrestler. Loved it and apparently it touched a lot of y'all too! I guess I can add Gator Wrestler to my moniker now!

Despite the setback, it's been a busy morning for me. I have posted a calendar of Charlotte's Fun-Raising events! It is on the Romp n' Roll-Virginia Center website. Go to the ABOUT US tab and then go to IN THE NEWS. Or you can just go HERE

If there are changes or adjustments to the calendar, I will let you know when an update has been posted. I hope this will help everyone get the word out and know about new events. Also, if you are on Facebook and have not joined the Get Well Charlotte Reynolds group, you can do that and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

About the May 3 event: Qdoba at Willow Lawn (they are a mexican grill with yummy burritos, tacos, etc.) is holding a burrito eating contest with proceeds to benefit Charlotte. Here is how you can help:
0. Enter the contest! There will be a $5 entry fee before May 1st and then a $10 fee after May 1st. All proceeds to benefit Charlotte. There will be "special" (i.e. simplified) burritos made for the contest and contestants will have 10 minutes to eat as many as they can. (Contest will be at 5 PM). There will be a release form available at the store that must be signed when you register. Anyone under 18 who wants to enter needs a parent/guardian signature. There will be great prizes for the winners and participants! Entry forms are not available yet but should be soon.
1. Come out to support the burrito eaters! Have your dinner at Qdoba that night (4 PM-close) and 10% of all sales will benefit Charlotte.
2. There will also be a fishbowl and prize wheel for additional donations.
Charlotte will be in the hospital at this time with her next round of chemo but we are hoping that Roger or I will be able to make an appearance at the event. I will hopefully have posters soon that will have more details about the event so you can publicize and share with others.

On this note, I need someone with a crafty bent to help. We would like to make a simple display board or poster with some pictures of Charlotte, some information about her "story" and maybe a way to list other upcoming fundraising and/or brain tumor awareness events. I think this would be a great way to promote ASK and some of the other Brain Tumor Support Groups in the area as well. This would be something that we could take to events held in Charlotte's name and/or her honor. If you are interested in helping with this, please email me at

I think that's it for now. Gotta go do some actual Romp n' Roll work, I guess! Shhh...don't tell my boss I'm slacking on the job...


So here we are.
Hopefully not for long. Let me first say that it's not nearly as bad this time as it was the first time we found ourselves here because of low blood counts. Damned inconvenient but at least she's been pooping regularly and we're back on 7-East which is more her age range.

Yesterday we went to PT and after a full day, as you already know, CJ fell asleep on my chest at around 2pm which was our first clue that she wasn't feeling 100%. Then through the rest of the evening, after she woke up around 5, she was whiny and grumpy untill I put her to bed around 8 or 8:30.

She slept through the night but I noticed that she was really warm when I came down to change her at 1:30am. Rachel got the thermometer but it consistently said around 98 Degrees. When I checked her again at 7:30, she was still hot and I didn't trust the temperal (sp?) thermometer so Rachel got a different one and Charlotte actually let me place it under her tongue. That showed 102.2 so we called the HEM/ONC Clinic. They said bring her in and "pack a bag" just in case. We would have anyway but it was good thinking on their part.

We came into the HEM/ONC clinic around 9am and were there long enough to watch "Over The Hedge" (very funny), and a couple of Doras. There was drama when one of the nurses wanted to look at the rash on her "bum bum" and Charlotte absolutely refused (still traumatized by the last catheter experience I think). This time there was no saying "no," though, so we had a meltdown when all negotiation didn't work and we had to force it. The nurse maybe could have had a slightly better bedside manner but I know it absolutely had to happen.

She also needed a "pee bag" (for want of a better word) and that could have been as bad if not worse but the nurse, a different one, made sure CJ knew that it wasn't a catheter and that nothing was going inside. Once that was established, CJ was almost excited to get it on. The relief was obvious. We even got pee out of the deal.

Right about this time, I finally noticed "the look." That cancer patient look and it didn't surprise me when her bloodwork came back showing lovels down to nothing. It's amazing her blood is even red. Dracula wouldn't want her blood. She will need a transfusion.

Overall, the nurses at the HEM/ONC Clinic were great and we saw Miriam doing a little solo MT action! She let CJ play with the "hamster bells" which were very cool. Also saw Dr. Matt Bitsko (R-MC Alumn) and we chatted a bit. He had hamster bell envy.

On odd behavior: CJ got agitated over the green oxygen tank attached to the IV tower and I can't for the life of me figure out why. It took quite a bit of convincing to get her to believe it wasn't something that was going to cause her pain.

She has eaten a good bit, slept a little and is now in a very good mood. That's good.

Although it's not "fine," I'm feeling much better about this than the last. So much better, in fact, that I wanted to share a trailer for the next movie we're planning to see. I thought, at first, that it was the story of our lives. Here's a link:

Hopefully, we'll only be here a couple days at most. Rachel is coming to relieve me tonight and she'll be spending the night. Then I'll be spending tomorow night. I'm sure Rachel would enjoy some company. Auntie Retta said she can come by tomorrow morning. Anyone interested in spelling her for a bit or dropping off some lunch? Call her cell to confirm and to make sure someone else hasn't jumped on it.

Side line...Heather from child life saw me and said, "I'm going to make your day." We went into her office and I was expecting a new Dora or Caillou video but it was actually a really big cardboard tube she had salvaged for me from a roll of flooring. I had asked her to save the center of the big paper rolls they use for art and she did one better. I'm going to make a rain stick out of for Rompy's Band class.

So off I go to entertain the princess.

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