Friday, June 6, 2008

A Rough Beginning

Henry's radiation treatments began Wednesday. Despite having been sedated many times before without lasting effect and being told that the effects of radiation wouldn't be manifest until weeks into treatment, Henry has been an anxious, tired mess since this began, Wednesday afternoon.

The girls and I arrived to St. Casimir's about 5:30p on Wednesday only to have Henry vomit shortly after. We expected grogginess for a few hours, but not all day and certainly not this. He proceeded to have several more episodes of the same, increasing our anxiety that his tumor had returned. While rather unlikely, we spent last night in the Emergency Room at Johns Hopkins getting a CT scan of Henry's head. Fortunately the scan showed nothing of the sort to our great relief.

Henry finally slept well last night and woke up to attend his third treatment this morning in fairly decent spirits. We're home now and have a three day respite in which to observe his condition in the absence of sedation and radiation treatments. We get back at it on Tuesday due to a staffing glitch preventing our scheduled treatment Monday. We're hoping for a quiet, long and restful weekend.


Anonymous said...


We are happy to hear that the CT scan was clear. We know how terrifying it is when the symptoms start showing up again. We hope that those symptoms disappear this weekend. We are sending you lots of hugs.

Lots of love,
Wayne, Shirley, Sophia, and Fiona

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news that the CT scan was clear. Hang in there Henry! Enjoy your weekend at home - sounds like its going to be a hot one!

Love, Julie, Brad, Patrick, Andrew and Samantha

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your home! Hope you have a great weekend. I'm thinking of you Henry!!