I was waiting for Mason to get home before I wrote this post, but they are taking too long, and I need something to do. Mason went to another radiation appointment without me again, since I am STILL sick with a nasty cold/virus/sinus infection that I've had for a week. I have no idea what it is, but it seems to be getting better, so I'm hoping I can take Mason to his appointment tomorrow.
Normally I wouldn't let this stop me, but I Mason also had his first Chemotherapy appointment today...which meant absolutely no one with a cough, cold, fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, etc, could take him him. Sigh. So my sister Latu was sweet and took him in for me, making sure to ask the list of questions I sent with her.
But first: The deal with the radiation is that they will be having him on his back from now, on. There is no higher risk of exposure to his other body parts (what I was worried about), because the machine is designed to rotate around and underneath the bed, and the table is specially designed to let the radiation through. I'm glad to hear it, and I think this will be a lot easier on Mase.
His chemotherapy went really well. The Child Life Specialist came to talk to him and played with him, giving him yet another buddy to practice accessing a port on. Her name is Rainbow Brite, and she fits right in with his family of surged-up dolls. :)
The chemotherapy was surprisingly fast. For some reason (I swear I read it somewhere in the papers they gave me) I thought it would take at least and hour or two. But the medicine was actually just given to him through his port using a syringe, and that was that. Latu had gone prepared with hours of things to occupy her time, and ended up not using them.
The only other thing they needed to do, was draw blood for testing to make sure his platelets, white blood cells, and a few other things were within normal range. They called me to give me the results, and things are looking fine.
Mason got home just a little bit after I started this post, and is very tired and grouchy. He stayed at his cousins' house and played for the night before coming home. Other than being angry with the world for not getting his way on the way home, he seems to be doing just fine. He brought with him some trinkets he made at the hospital, and his old radiation mask. They had painted it to look like Thomas for him! But they made him a new one for laying on his back, and painted that one as Iron Man...so they sent this one home with him. I'll post some pictures later. It's pretty cute!
Also, I made a new page that has some common medical terms I post about, and their definitions. It's on-going, so I'll add more as I think of them. If you have a question about a medical term, you can look it up by clicking on the tab on the top of this blog. Hopefully this will help everyone follow along easier!