Yesterday Dad had his first dose of chemo. It was pretty much an all day affair. He started getting itchy when one of the medicines was administered but he was given Benedryl and it stopped. All in all everything went really well. He never got nauseous! They gave him something to take in case he starts to feel that way, but so far so good. The doctors couldn't really for sure tell Dad what side effects he would have because every one is effected differently. But they did tell him some of the effects that others have experienced. We are praying that he can go through this with as little side effects as possible, but as the days go by he could start to feel bad.
After talking with his doctor, Dad decided not to do radiation and to do three extra treatments of chemo instead. The odds are better at getting rid of the cancer completely if he does more chemo. (Radiation only treats the one area the cancer was found) So he will be treated for three months instead of two. He is still planning on going every two weeks, but the doctor told him that if he gets a temp of 100.5 he has to go to the hospital immediately.....due to there being an infection and that if that happens he will then have to go every three weeks.
Peyton and I have been here in Oviedo hanging out with the fam this week. My parents have decided that she makes everything better :) Nothing like a little granddaughter TLC!!
Please continue to pray for Dad's treatments, that they would go as well as the first and that he would have minimal side effects. Also pray that he stays healthy. With his immune system being wiped out, it is dangerous for him to get even a small cold. Pray for strength for my Mom, she is his rock :)
Thank you for your constant prayers, I am so thankful for such great family and friends!!!!