Thursday, August 27, 2009

Second Round of Chemo is a GO!

We just got back from Koen’s clinic appointment that was for to see how his blood counts were so we could start his second round of chemo. It’s a GO! When we left the hospital it was 468 today it is 5,000. He will be admitted tomorrow at 9:00 to start. . He’ll be getting Cisplatin tomorrow then have a day break and get Vincristine and Fluorouracil on Thursday. Please pray everything goes as and plan with no setbacks. As long as it all does we should be back home by Monday. There are so many things to pray for when it comes to these drugs. Here are the side effects of each one.

Cisplatin side effects:
Nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite
Hearing loss (He’s had two hearing test and the second one came back that the higher tones where being affected) Big prayer request for this not to worsen.
Kidney Damage
Low blood counts
Low level of magnesium in blood

Less common
Numbness and tingling in the fingers and toes
Allergic reaction

Vincristine side effects:
Stomach pain
Hair loss
Irritation of nerves: numbness and tingling of the fingers and toes, muscle weakness

Less common:
Drooping of the eyelids
Blurred or double vision
Jaw pain

Fluorouracil side effects:
Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting
Mouth sores
Low blood counts

Less common:
Skin rash or darkening of the skin
Hair loss
Skin sensitivity to sunlight
Tingling in the hands and feet

See I told you! Koen is doing GREAT though! He’s eaten two meals today, which means he hasn’t need two of his tube, feeds for today. He was walking everywhere earlier. Here’s a picture of him enjoying his Freedom for the last day.


  1. Hi Lindsay,

    I am Megan Law's cousin, Danielle. I just discovered this link from Megan's Facebook page. I am in complete shock and completley heartbroken for your family. I simply cannot even begin to imagine going through what you are going through. Praise the Lord that the prognosis seems good! We will be praying for Koen's recovery and complete healing!

    Danielle Holtzman in Kansas

  2. I have been praying for Koen and that the treatment will be a success and that the side effects will not be a problem for him. I check your updates daily and I know this is hard for you to keep up but I appreciate your efforts in keeping us informed. May God be with you all. Janet