David and Austin spent Christmas with their dad this year, so we haven’t seen them until yesterday. The start of our holiday with the kids was unfortunately also the day of David’s Avastin treatment, so we picked them up and drove straight to DC for his treatment.
His regular doctor want there, but the doctor we saw was very nice. David asked him several questions about the growth of cancer cells and new treatments that are coming out. It’s good to see him taking an interest in his medical care since he will be 18 soon.
David reported that he has a little bit of pain in the middle of his back, in the general area of his tumor. The doctor said that is probably not from the tumor pressing in anything but just some extra pressure on the meninges that would cause a nerve related pain. David said it wasn’t bad enough to need medication, so that’s about all that was discussed about that.
The Avastin was administered in 30 minutes this time. It went very well. David doesn’t seem to have any side effects from it so far. He gets cold during the infusion, but that’s fairly easy to deal with. Even though the Avastin went in “quickly” we were still at the hospital for quite a while because of the blood work they have to do before he can take the Avastin. Usually this is done a day or two ahead of time, but it didn’t get done this time.
After the hospital, we grabbed some food and hit the road. We are driving to Alabama so the kids can see their grandparents and some extended family. It’s a whirlwind trip, but it will be nice to see everyone.
David will have his next MRI on January 3rd. We are trying to just enjoy the holidays and trust that the new medicine is doing its job. Please pray that the Avastin works exceedingly well for David and keeps the tumors from growing.
Lastly, I want to say thanks to everyone who has taken a moment to let us know of your support during the holidays. We are so thankful to all of the dedicated prayer warriors who are carrying us through this. Blessings to you all this holiday season!