So where are we now? Well chemo has begun, he is having a regime called CHOP which is
- c yclophosphamide
- doxorubicin , which has the chemical name h ydoxydaunorubicin
- vincristine (used to be called O ncovin®) and
- p rednisolone, which is a steroid .(Macmillan.co.uk)
Every tuesday he has had to have his blood taken and tested to see how his white blood count is doing. The first week after chemo saw him spectacularly faint which shocked the poor nurse taking his blood. Thankfully his blood was fine! The 2nd week they lay him on a bed to do his bloods which was much better. This time his count was low which meant he was susceptible to infections which was terrible timing as our 2 year old had developed a stinking cold! The Dr gave him antibiotics as a preventative and we have been monitoring his temp every morning to check for any sign of infection.
Yesterday we had to go to Cardiff to see his new consultant. He was very worried about this as he thought that being sent for meant there was bad news. This was not the case, his consultant just wanted to meet him and go over the info that we had been given. She explained things in a bit more detail which was useful. Seems the lymphoma started in the Scapula and spread out from there. They have suggested radiotherephy after chemo to make sure that they get rid of all of it.
I can not begin to tell you how glad I will be when this is all over and done with!