Well we are close to the start of treatment, however, the last step before starting chemo is a surgery tomorrow morning at 6:45 to have a double-lumen Hickman line put in. The Hickman line is inserted into a large blood vessel near the heart and there are two tubes that come out of Cash's chest that allows the doctors to give medicines, fluids, and withdraw blood.
We saw a sample of the tubes and they are about 8" long and will stay there until all chemo treatments are done. Each day we will have to clean the site, change the dressing, and flush the lines with heparin (heparin prevents clotting) - I will most likely be the one to flush the line because I'm not sure Wendi's stomach will be able to handle it.
After he leaves surgery we'll be admitted into the SCCA center at Children's and spend the next 4-5 days in the hospital with Cash as he receives the first round of chemo. The doctors and nurses will be monitoring him the entire time to see how he reacts to the chemo.
I went to work this morning and am so thankful that in my absence everything continues to run smoothly. Zion (www.zionprep.org) has an amazing team of teachers and administrators and it's one less thing I have to worry about on a day-to-day basis. I do miss the students and was the recipient of many hugs today. :-)
I'm taking my laptop and camera to Children's tomorrow and will continue to blog as much as possible. We are so grateful and thankful to everyone for your continued prayers and support, I may ask a few people to bring us dinner at the hospital...hospital food as many of you know isn't the best. (No offense Children's...:-))