Luke is doing well. He had a great time at homecoming! His stomach wasn’t feeling great as he was getting ready, but he said it was fine as soon as he got to pictures (normal nerves, maybe?). He and I both figured he might end his night early -- I guess he did compared to a lot of kids, but I was pretty impressed that he stayed out until midnight.[...]
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Just a quick update since it’s been a while.
Luke’s chemo went pretty well last week. The home nurse didn’t have any after-school appointments, so he had to miss a couple of hours of school each day for his infusions. He had some nausea, but was able to manage it with medication. On Friday afternoon, he said, “I’m feeling a lot better than I expected to be at this point.” The previous times he had irinotecan, the later side effects had kicked in by Friday. When they hadn’t kicked in by Sunday night, we cautiously thought maybe they had passed him by this time. No such luck. Some symptoms started Monday morning, and Tuesday was kind of rough for him. The rest of the mornings this week have been a little rocky, but fortunately, he’s felt much better after a couple of hours. [...]
After a beautiful weekend and a nice 3 week break from chemo, it was back to business yesterday. Luke’s on week 47 on the protocol, which calls for one dose of vincristine on Monday and 5 doses of irinotecan (Monday-Friday). Luke had these drugs during weeks 1, 4, 20 and 23, and he'll also have them during week 50. Week 23 was back in February during radiation. Before we went to clinic yesterday, Luke made homemade applesauce from farmers market apples. Good thing, since it ended up being the only thing he ate after chemo. He had a weird reaction during one of his pre-chemo anti-nausea drug infusions, so they stopped the infusion quickly and didn't allow him to have that drug. It’s a pretty effective drug, so that’s a bit of a bummer. He really wasn’t feeling great last night, but he was remarkably chipper anyway.[...]
Luke has been doing really well. With all of the sadness in the world lately, I’ve just had a hard time writing about our little goings on.
He’s been going to school, farmers markets and volleyball games, running, walking Penny and eating well. He’s looking forward to Homecoming in two weeks. Last Saturday, he ran in a cross country meet, went to the farmers market, worked at Abt and then had a great time at the fundraiser/party at Play and Spin. When we left for the party, he said, “we’re going to stay for about an hour, right?” He ended up having a great time with friends and adults and staying there for about 5 hours. In the cross country meet, he beat his previous time by a minute and a half![...]
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