Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Day-3 Radiation Side Effects Begin

This is Sarah’s second day of TBI. She has two 16 minute treatments per day from Monday to Thursday. She started the vomiting and diarrhea shortly after her first treatment yesterday. The nurses are working with us to find the right cocktail of medicines to minimize her nausea. She’s pretty sore from the diarrhea (after only 2 radiation treatments). It seems to help to keep her showered/rinsed off and dry. Sarah is still in good spirits, and still plays, but doesn’t eat much now.
I thought it would be a good idea to list some specific things that folks could send Sarah at the hospital to keep her spirits up:

1. Get well cards with some cheerful words
2. Stickers of any kind
3. Books for child age 3-5
4. Preschool workbooks.
5. Small stuffed animals
Sarah knows she is getting radiation treatment, but does not know that the radiation treatment is what is giving her the nausea and diarrhea. We’ll tell her more about that once the treatment is over this week. For now, she doesn’t mind going to the treatment and being still during it.
It’s been a busy day, so I’m cutting the post a little short today.
Sarah loves to take care of herself. She takes her meds. flushes her line and brushes her teeth.


Anonymous said...

For once I am one step ahead of someone! :) I have cards and stickers on the way.

Sarah is obviously a very strong little girl. Her desire and determination will help her get through all of this.

In constant prayer
Love, in Christ
Kay( in NC)

Anonymous said...

Ben and Susan, I just wanted to say how proud and inspired I am by your faith and reliance on God through all this. I am so grateful that your family is growing stronger and closer to God and each other from this experience - which is a choice you are making and a tribute to your strength of character and gratitude for all God's blessings to yourselves and your family. It takes special people to see the rainbows in a storm.

I continue to pray for Sarah and the whole family and put you on various prayer lists at church. Thank you for being wonderful role models and examples of living a life close to Jesus.

All My Love,

Robyn said...

This is great info to know.