Thank you for your prayers for wisdom as we got readmitted today. I had a good conversation with Ethan's doctor and feel good about the plan of action for this round of chemo. His previous chemo treatments have consisted of one chemo medication. This time, we will be here about 8 or 9 days and he will get a total of three variations of chemotherapy while in the hospital. The one he's been getting, plus two others. This is necessary to help his spleen decrease in size (so they don't have to remove it) as well as to expose the leukemia cells to other medications so as to not build a resistance to the overall treatment.
One of the chemo meds that Ethan will be taking has a slight risk of damaging Ethan's good DNA cells and cause organ/nerve damage, so be in prayer that does not happen. The other chemo med puts his immune system at greater risk of infections (his body wouldn't be able to fight bacteria), so please be in prayer that no infection sets in and no fever surfaces. Of course, the last chemo medication is the same he's had before so pray for no mucositis (mouth sores) and no eye swelling. No additional rectal tears would be nice, too!
My prayer today as we were readmitted was that Ethan's body would remain strong during this next chemo session, and that the medications would only do good to him and not harm. And that we'd see a drastic change in the size of his spleen (smaller not bigger!) Thank you for joining us in those prayers!