Even though Matt has been on chemotherapy for the past 8 months, our family has gotten quite good at ignoring that fact. Matthew has had NO symptoms to speak of. He still has all his hair, doesn't get terribly tired, and the nausea has been easily kept under control with the Anzemet he uses on days we give the chemo. On Wednesday he started this new chemotherapy (CCNU) and is on a very high dose. We were instructed to give him the anti-nausea meds for two days and then more if needed. He hasn't been too sick. Today, after a fun time at the Discovery Children's Museum in SLC, we decided to stop at Red Robin for dinner. Walking in Matt said, "I feel a little bit sick - I must just be hungry." As I go to sign us in for the wait, I am surprised when my cousin comes up behind me. I'm visiting with her and start looking around for Warren. My cousin tells me he's by the door. I look over and there's Warren frantically waving me over. I walk out the door and Warren informs me that Matthew has just thrown-up. THANKFULLY, Warren was right by Matthew when Matt said again, "I think I'm going to throw-up, but it's okay because I brought a bag." Warren quickly steers him outside and Matt proceeds to throw up in the bag (which I didn't even know he brought!) Unfortunately, the bag had a huge hole in it..... That would have been a classic moment in Red-Robin had Matt proceeded to throw up in that bag in the crowded foyer!
Warren and I loaded the boys back up into the car. We both felt like this was a little message from above saying, "You've been warned........" I know the symptoms that are supposed to hit Matthew eventually will - and I can't help but think that it will be on this aggressive chemotherapy. Now, we just need to make sure that we are prepared to handle those side-effects! Tonight I made Matt several little 'just in case I throw-up bundles' to carry around in his pocket at all times. I just rolled a gallon size Ziploc baggie up tightly and put a small clear rubber band around it. This creates an easily portable bundle with a non-holey bag that can be zipped up and easily tossed in the trash if Matt has to use it.
So, we've learned a lesson about being prepared today! Other parents with children on chemotherapy are probably laughing at us right now because of this Rookie mistake!
As I read back over this post, I can't believe I talked this long about throw-up!