What could it mean? Morning after morning I’ve heard them say that Allistaire is afebrile. It is a word it seems I should intuitively know but the options for it’s definition I come up with don’t seem to fit the situation. I know the “a” part means “not” so I know she’s “not” something. Not crazy? Are they saying every morning Allistaire is “not crazy.” No, this isn’t the psych ward. Hmmm. Not what? I kept meaning to look it up, but now I know, I finally caved and just asked the nurses, done with attempting to preserve an appearance of intellect. So simple, it just means you don’t have a fever. That didn’t seem too significant until now; now that she has been febrile. I hang on the word, febrile or afebrile.
Yesterday I got to spend the day “out there” with the other crazy after-Christmas shoppers, trying to find some deals and battling the incredible traffic. My sweet, sweet husband wanted to make sure I had a break from the hospital and spent the day with our little sweets. Sunday night her fever spiked again and she was given more Tylenol. Monday she remained quite non-energetic and spent lots of time just being held, which I pretty sure Sten didn’t mind. She took a long afternoon nap and a short evening nap. Thankfully she was afebrile, fever free, for the day.
Last night we had a lovely after hours visit from Uncle Bjorn, Aunt Jess and her parents, Mitch and Berna, her brother Austin and family friend Phillipe. By 9pm though, Allistaire was down for the count. We put her to bed and enjoyed eating pizza and starting a Netflix movie. She woke up at 10:30 crying and upset and took a bit of time to settle back down. Again at 1am and 1:30am she woke up crying and upset but very agitated and wanting to go back to sleep. The nurse and I decided it would be best to try giving her some anti nausea medicine and benedryl combo. It is so hard to tell what might be going on for her but apparently nausea, even now that the chemo is done, is quite common. Thankfully she settled down for the night and has slept quietly since then. At 2 am this morning they were scheduled to give her another round of antibiotics in her IV. Thankfully, she has had no fever all night. This is such an answer to prayer! Please keep praying that she will be afebrile and hopefully regain some of her joy.