Thursday, December 13, 2007

Quick and Easy

How different this cycle of chemotherapy has been for Henry. I recall how difficult the first trip to the Outpatient Oncology Clinic was. He threw up at the side of the road due to nausea - now he ate snacks all the way home. We had a bag full of medicines the first time - this time there were no medicines on board. The first time he lay in a hospital bed while I applied lotion to a horrible rash - this time he played with other kids in the playroom during his blood transfusion and rode the IV pole to the bathroom. The last time he cried all day asking when we were going home - this time at the end of the day he said, "that was quick and easy!"

So while his counts are dropping, he's energetic and happy. He's going to the bathroom without anything but a small bit of preventive laxative, but no other medicines. OK - so he's got a new antibiotic today, but small potatoes (he's got a bit of an infection from his catheter). We still have to do G-CSF in the evenings, but that's all of 20 minutes. This time has definitely been less stressful. We now have three days at home and back to clinic on Monday. We're leery of a possible fever from infection, but we're cautiously hoping for smooth sailing through Christmas.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello guys,

I'm so glad things r going well. I think and check up on the little guy everyday, and lately its all goood news. I'm soooo glad and thankful. Hope like u said its smooth sailing thru the holidays. Thinking of u all daily.

Love,
Shelly

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!!!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear things are going better even though its still difficult. :)

Anonymous said...

Here's to things continuing to go relatively smoothly this post chemo #2 period.
nk

Granya said...

And Granya is taking it all in stride too - I totally forgot today was clinic day.

Good for you Henry - now keep the germs out of the house.

Anonymous said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good luck and a good Christmas!

Love, Nancy Seagroves

Anonymous said...

I have to believe all the prayers and love he is getting may have helped cycle 2! I hope they continue to help him....
God Bless you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS! Keep those germs away!

Love,
Cousin Susan H.

t said...

Greetings from NC! I'm here with Joe for a soccer game. And even though I am away, I always check to see how Henry is doing.

It's wonderful to hear that he is doing so well and playing like a 3 year old would. I pray that next couple days and weeks are also uneventful.Your entire family certainly deserves a stress free holiday!

love
t

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Henry! Stay strong, and we hope you and Cruckie have a wonderful Christmas with Mom, Dad, Sophie and Ana.

Love,

The Pribanic's - Pittsburgh