On March 25, 2013, Jasmine came into the hospital for aggressive chemo. After all the blood tests, they found out that her immune system was weak from weekly chemo treatments. Her white and red blood cells were low, so the doctors worried about her future chemo treatments. Since Jazzy’s last admission to the hospital, she lost five pounds. In total, she lost 33 pounds. The doctors told us that her lack of appetite will deeply affect her process of healing from chemo. They wanted her to heal before the next treatment, but she ended up passing the test by 10 units.
Since it is a struggle for Jasmine to eat, her doctors have prescribed her medication to stimulate her appetite. They recommended going on TPN through her IV. TPN stands for total prenatal nutrition. Jasmine was first scared about having a needle inside her chest. But the doctors persuaded her to take the treatment. The doctor wanted to record Jasmine’s IV levels for three days, but Jasmine wanted to go home for the weekend since it was Easter and her brother’s birthday. The doctor allowed her to leave, but under two conditions: she had to drink 1.7 Liters of water every day and she had to eat at home. During the weekend, she was well-fed and hydrated.
We ended up celebrating Easter and her brother’s birthday at home. It was a great weekend; Jasmine is always positive and happy whenever she is with her family. She was tired throughout the weekend, but she was still energetic and carefree. We came back to the hospital on April 1, 2013. She got her weekly chemo on Monday and started her TPN on Tuesday so that Jasmine can meet her daily caloric needs. At the moment, she is under the IV for TPN treatment. With the help of her dietician and TPN, Jazzy’s health has improved. If Jazzy improves her health, she will be able to go home on Saturday. She has been in the hospital for eleven days for the past two weeks.
Usually, chemo patients who have undergone weight loss are under IV treatment for 24 hours. Jazzy promised the doctor that she would eat 600-700 calories during the day time. At night, the TPN will help her caloric intake by 1,000 calories. With this method, Jazzy will be able to live her daily life freely. She can run, play, and enjoy regular activities. I know that Jazzy has a long journey ahead of her, but she keeps staying positive and happy.