Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Chemotherapy Days 1-4

On Saturday, August 9th Luke started his chemotherapy. He received his first dose called Cisplatin which took 4 hours. Luke slept through it. He has been having the common side effects which are nausea with vomiting and diarrhea. He has a pretty bad diaper rash already, so we are praying for relief from that. Meanwhile, his stomach, that has been so distended is reducing in size, thank the Lord.

Last night Monday, August 11th Luke received his next two chemotherapy injections of Vincristine and 5-FU. He had a rough spot this morning and had been unable to keep any food down, but this afternoon he has been showing us his beautiful smile that we were missing. The smile that I longed to see every morning when we were at home --he used to patiently wait until I entered his room as to say "mummy, thank you for coming to see me, I'm so glad you're here."

It will be seven days before his next dose of chemo and if he can start to eat and keep food down we will be able to take him home between sessions of chemo. We will have to be very careful now to avoid germs and crowds when his white blood cells drop. There is so much that we have to change now and adjust in our lives that our heads are still spinning. On top of that we were given a binder full of information to go through on having a child with cancer! Through it all we are still believing God for a miracle in Luke's life and praising him for it.
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