Thursday, November 19, 2009


I feel like I've done this same post recently! But I need to write this down so I remember what happened when.

As you remember I had low platelets just before we left for Seattle. The doctors put me on prednisone (a nasty little drug that hates me) to raise my platelets. It did it's job and I got to slow go down in doses to get off the evil drug.
At 20mg my platelets were 196K. Awesome number!
At 10mg, my platelets were at 126K. Again...awesomeness!
Wednesday was my last day on prednisone. I got my blood drawn Monday evening. I expected my platelets to be low. (I didn't have much energy and I would bleed when I brushed my teeth for awhile.) I thought 30K. I even had a bet with a few people on what the number was.

We all lost.

It was 6K.

At 6K platelets, quite a lot of things can go wrong. I can just start bleeding in my brain or lungs or pretty much anywhere. This includes my uterus, where I am currently carrying a baby. Not good.

The doctor was NOT a fan to Krista because they woke him up at 2:30am to tell him I had 6K platelets. So when I showed up for my doctor's appt at 10am...he was on his 5th cup of coffee! and a tad grumpy. i don't blame him.

So from my appointment, I was shuffled into the chemo room and was given Solumedrol, which is a steroid that will make my body make platelets fast. Hopefully.

I got to leave after having had an IV put in my forearm, shoved with drugs and pretty much feeling way scared. I was told I was going to have to have a transfusion of platelets that afternoon and to wait by the phone to know when to come in.

(Living in Alamogordo, they have to fly platelets and IVIG and other expensive drugs in from ABQ. They just don't have the room or need to store them here. Well except for me.)

Well the nurse didn't order my platelets in time for me to get them Tuesday afternoon. (She got in HUGE trouble, I'm sure.) So they made me an appt for 7am to get a transfusion on platelets. Chris' work was so great and let him off a little early to come home and help with Bee. And so he could get up with me to sit while I got my platelets. I even got McD's breakfast burritos out of it!! YUM!

So Bee, Chris and I all went to the hospital for our early morning call and got to hang out for a bit. Then the chemo chairs started filling up and Chris had to move. Well we decided it would just be better for him and Bee to go home. They had given me Benadryl anyway, so after they left...I took a nap.

After i was done, 3 hours later, I had to walk to the doctor's office to see what the plan was for the rest of the day. If I needed more blood drawn or if I had an appointment. Well to my surprise, I got more steriods!! So I got to sit in another chair for 1.5 hours and get more drugs. Chris and Bee got to sit with me this time. It was in the doctor's office which is a lot more kid friendly.

Interestingly both of the chemo nurses are LDS! One is even in my ward. It's a small world here in Alamogordo!

Oh I have to mention that I got an IV in my forearm Tuesday. They left it in because they knew I was going to get platelets. So i slept with the stupid thing in, and even played with Bee...all with a needle in my arm. I get my platelets and tell them to take the thing out. Bad decision. Remember I go to the doctor's office and have to get more steroids. Well I have crappy veins for IV's. It took four times for the nurses to get one to work. And it was in my left hand. Oh it hurt so bad. I wanted to bawl my little eyes out. But I was a brave little toaster and didn't cry in front of my hubby and Bee.

So anyway I had a total freak out moment last night. I realized that I hadn't felt Baby move in quite some time. With all the medicines I had just gotten, this really freaked me out. I got out of bed and drink some pop, and ate something. Got nothing. I had Chris push on my belly, Baby usually moves for Chris. Nothing. i tossed and turned all night, trying and hoping to feel him. Chris reminded me that I had gotten a pretty big dose of Benadryl that day and Baby was probably sleeping it off. So I woke up this morning, still nothing....UNTIL I had some eggs. Then he started kicking me and I cried. I don't think I've ever been so excited to feel a baby kick me hard, as I was then.

So anyway we have some HUGE medical decisions to make in the next couple days about what we are going to do with my blood and what medicines to take and weighing the risks with the benefits.

So needless to say, I probably won't be on here. I'll be over at or something. Wave if you see me.

I promise I'll be back on here soon.

How are you guys?? I'm reading your blogs from my blackberry while I'm sitting, getting drugs. I just can't comment cuz they don't load right. But Hi!! I'm still reading you!


Aunt Spicy said...

Ohhhhh, my heart goes out to you! I don't even understand half the medical speak! I'll keep all of you in my prayers!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

My prayers will be with you. Best wishes. Medical crisis (how do you say that in plural form?) totally suck.

Barbaloot said...

The sacrifices you are making for this baby and your family are amazing! I am sorry you have to deal with them---but happy for the lucky kids that get to come to your home.

♥georgie♥ said...

Oh Krista I am praying for you sweetie...

Katie Phillips said...

Sounds pretty crazy!! Hope and pray things will get better quick!!

Rebecca Irvine said...

Hang in there! I am thinking of you and praying for you.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! What in the world is going on with your platelets?? That is so crazy. And thank goodness for eggs. I teared up when you said your baby kicked. What a tremendous relief. You have tried so hard to get this baby into the world and now you are facing even harder challenges.

Girlfriend, you wrap yourself up in that magic quilt until the baby comes and you get your platelets figured out.

Maybe we made that quilt for YOU! ;)


April said...

{Huggs} I held my breath when you said your baby didn't move...and then a big exhale when you said baby did move. Maybe baby is being extra careful in there so as not to disturb anything! Good luck with everything!

Mags said...

you poor kid, no one has earned a baby more! i'm praying for you.

Katie said...

Oh, friend! Hang in there! That's got to be rough going. But if anyone can do all this, you can. You are one tough chica! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Rachel H. said...

HANG IN THERE!! You are awesome...and I think the world of you!

Homer and Queen said...

Well doesn't that bite! If you would have made me a quilt, you would not be having bad karma! JK! Hope all is well and you all are in our prayers!

Bobbi Mason said...

Oh, I hope you are doing better!!! I am so sorry for all that you are going through. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers! Keep up the brave work you good lil' mama!

Tammara, Jess and Cory said...

I have added you to our prayer list. I know how hard you have worked for this blessing and things will work out. Keep smiling and get those platelets up girl.

Deb said...

oh my this is so scary for you and your family. We prayed for that little baby to come into being and now we all need to pray that he comes out just fine (and his mama too) Sending my prayers to you xxxx
love and hugs deb xxxx

Yaya said...

Oh gosh. I just can't imagine going through this. You are a strong woman.

♥georgie♥ said...

Just stopping back in to check on you...I hope all is well and you have a Blessed Thanksgiving

Monster Mary said...

Krista, Krista, Krista, I'm so sorry that this has been so rough. We had book club tonight and Taron mentioned your perdicament and I realized that it's been a while since I've read blogs. I hurried home to read. I wish I could be there to watch your cute Connor or make you treats or something. I'll be keeping you in my prayers. It's not an easy thing to bring these babies into this life. :) We miss you.