We expected that Cody would need blood and platelets for sure by now. Much to my surprise he seems to be holding his own on both. None was needed today. He has 4 more days of radiation and then he will start his next round of chemo, probably next week.
Today I discussed the option of a port with the doctor. For those of you who have had the pleasure of not knowing anyone with cancer, you may not know what a port is. Well, let me first refresh your memory on what Cody presently has. He has a double lumen. This a double tube that is inserted in to one of his main arteries in his chest and sticks out for easy access. This is where they administer drugs during his treatments. The disadvantage of Cody's setup is that you have to be very careful about getting water, dirt and germs close to the opening in his chest. Infections are always a problem. Every 24 hours we have to flush them or they will clog and we would have to go to the hospital to open them. With the lumen Cody can't swim or take shower or bath. Summer is a very hard time of year because he will want to be out playing and he will get sweaty. Sweat will get under his dressing and cause problems. That happened the first time Cody was being treated. He had to have his tube replaced. Cody is an extremely active boy so this is a big problem.
Most adults and older kids have ports instead. They are an access point that is under the skin. It is usually on the chest just below the collar bone. It doesn't have any of the problems associated with the double lumen. The only drawback is that Cody will have to get use to being stuck in that area. We will be able to put numbing cream on that location before he is injected. Here is a link that shows both.
I hope the doctor decides that it is OK.
The Relay for Life starts Friday evening and goes through Saturday noon. Cody and I will be doing the opening ceremony on Friday evening and then I will be running a few miles. I'm kinda excited about it.
Thank you for the continued prayers...