7:30 PM: It's good to be home! Sophie was so excited to see me when I arrived just after lunch. She's doing really well with all the chemo. She hasn't had any nausea or vomiting and seems to have lots of energy. As Randall mentioned, her appetite seems smaller than normal, but maybe it is normal and we had just gotten used to the huge amounts of food she was eating when she was on steroids.
I'm starting to feel better, although I'm still pretty congested and tired, and my throat is still bothering me a little. I won't plan to drive in tomorrow, and I probably won't work a full 8 hours.
We have big plans this weekend. A local family whose daughter Madison also has leukemia is organizing a benefit to raise money for Road to Life--an organization that supports childhood cancer families at Duke. Madison just turned five and has one year of maintenance treatment left. The event includes a 100-mile motorcycle ride, an auction, BBQ plates, and lots of activities for children, including pony rides, games, and face painting. We would encourage anyone living in this area to come support the event. It starts in the morning at 9:00 and runs most of the day (we'll probably go mid-afternoon). There will be a ceremony at 4:00 or so at which they will recognize local children (including Sophie) who have cancer. There will be ten families with living children and one family who lost a child. The event is being held at Stillwater Lodge--3636 Holly Grove Rd.--in Dunn near the intersection of NC 242 and NC 55.