Yesterday (Feb. 24th) Xavian starting his chemo treatment. He received methotrexate over a 4 hour period. This drug stops the cells from making DNA. He then received an IV push of vincristine. This one prevents cell division.
Side effects of methotrexate are mouth sores. So far we haven't seen any. Side effects of vincristine (within two to three weeks) is hair loss. This won't be as bad as some other effects we may see; such as loss of appetite. He had been eating well up until late this afternoon. This may be because he's too sleepy.
Today (Feb. 25th) he was given what is called a "rescue drug" (Leucovorin), which is a normal part of this protocol. Leucovorin stops the effect of methotrexate on the bone marrow blood cells and the lining of the mouth, stomach and intestines. Once the methotrexate level is <0.1 micromolar he will start the other chemo drugs. When the level was checked yesterday after receiving methotrexate it was at 1085.34. Today, after receiving the "rescue drug" it was down to 19.96. Much improved. They will check his level tomorrow morning and will go from there.
Because of the toxic drugs, Xavian is susceptible to hearing loss. This morning he was given a hearing test. He passed in both ears. Even though there is fluid behind one of them. He will continue to be given hearing test each time we are admitted for chemo treatments.
Tomorrow is Matt's birthday. Don't tell him I told you. He's not too big on birthdays. So, make sure you wish him a happy one. Then, Friday my mom will come sit with Xavian while we close on our new home. Dante will be keeping my aunt on her toes. We will try to keep updating each day so that those praying will know how to pray more specifically.
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