Yesterday the 'tumor board' at Primary Children's met to discuss Matt. They determined that he would begin Chemotherapy right away. He has a 60 week treatment plan which will entail cycles of 6 weeks of Chemo, then 4 weeks of 'maintenance Chemo' that they call a rest period. During this time they will re-evaluate the treatment and see how the tumors are responding. He will be on 3 drugs, which of course I can't remember. (Carbo-something, Vinc-something, and a pill that starts with 'T'). We just spoke with the Oncologist on the telephone. We will meet to discuss things more in-depth this week. I also spoke with the doctor briefly about Matt's school (he will need a home-bound teacher this year, although he may be able to attend school during brief periods when everything looks well). I also asked about our dog. I have been worried that we would need to find Aspen a new home. The doctor said that he would tell us 'no' if we were going to GET a new dog, but since Aspen already lives here, she can stay. The doctor said it would probably be more traumatic for Matt if we had to get rid of Aspen. So, I'm not quite sure how we will take care of her - she will probably be in the kennel a lot this year, but at least she can remain part of our family!
This week, we will also be taking Matt down for a minor surgery to get a Broviac catheter placed. This is the line through which he will receive his Chemotherapy. Then, the doc said, a day or two later he would begin Chemo.
So, we have a crazy-full week with 1 surgery, the first day of school for Matt and Will (if Matt feels well enough, we hope he can go for the first day to at least meet his teacher and other kids in his class), and the first day of Chemotherapy.
Are we ready for this?
I'm not so sure.......!