Scott & Sunny

Scott & Sunny

Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Full Clinic Day

All day at the clinic today for Scott. He arrived just around 8, and we all loaded up in the van at just after 5. Good bloodwork resulted in an "okay to go" for everything. Scott was put under for a spinal tap and intrathecal methatrexate. Doc Tebbi said his spinal fluid still looked good and clear. After the day hospital routine of lying flat for an hour, it was back over to the clinic. Vincristine, Doxorubicin and the 17th set of leg shots all came in quick succession. Then the long two-hour wait - mandatory after leg shots.

Over to radiation we went just after 4. Scott tolerated the whole process on "first day" radiation very well. Lots of checks, x-rays, re-checks for alignment and they were set to go with his treatment. Scott gets 200 rads each day and will do so for 9 days. The "beam on" time for this amount of radiation is literally a matter of about 5 seconds for each side of his head.

It was a very long day for him, and he was quite emotional, upset and shaky in the period after being under through his leg shots being done. Once done with the leg jabs, his entire mood seemed to ease, and by the time we made it to radiation, he was in a good mood and energetic.

Then, just as I posted this message, a yell comes from his room from Stephanie. The nausea has started, and a nice damp rag was needed. Seems almost certain with the first dose of steroids at the beginning of the cycle. A long day made longer for the little guy.

Now we drive back tomorrow morning for the 2nd radiaton session. Scheduled for 10:55 in the morning. We'll see how that goes. It should be very quick and uneventful.

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