Saturday, April 11, 2009

Chemo---Day One

Garrett officially started Chemo-Therapy today. It was started today about 4 pm. He was able to stay in his hospital room where he could play a little X-Box while they pumped medicine through his body with an IV. It was a two hour long treatment with two bags of medicine. This is day 1 of a 21 day cycle. He will have 5 days of two hour long treatments followed by two shorter treatments on day 9 and 14. He will go through 4 cycles of treatment.

It is not really "medicine" per say but more like poisenous chemicals that will kill the cancer. The bad part is that it will kill all/most of his white blood cells. The white blood cells are the cells in your blood that fight infections. The Chemo will severly hinder his body's ability to fight off even the smallest of infections ie...the common cold. It will be really important that any visitors that G-Baby gets (and I am guessing it will be a lot since everyone loves him) will need to make sure that they don't come over if they are sick. I know it will be hard but it will be important to Garrett's recovery that he doesn't get exposed to anything while his immune system is down. Also, if you do come be prepared to be sanitized by Mama Lyons....I think she is stocking up on Hand Sanitizer.

Garrett is so excited to be home in his own bed. The hospital beds really suck. Even the nurse said, "You know the beds cost so stinkin' much you thing they could make them comfy". If everything goes smoothly with the first five days of Chemo he should be home in Burley by Thursday. So far so good...they have given him a lot of anit-nausea medicine so hopefully he doesn't get too sick. We'll keep you posted. Keep praying for him.

1 comment:

Con & Vicki Haycock said...

Hang in There Garrett. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Con and Vicki Haycock