These sessions are so exhausting, as Oscar receives "hydration" fluids to flush his kidneys to help prevent the chemotherapy drugs damaging them (his consultant said today that his kidneys are withstanding the treatment well, which is great news). This means he pees every 1-2 hours, for 48 hours! So plenty of lying around watching DVDs during the day. The younger kids find it difficult and frustrating receiving their chemotherday, due to the method by which it has to be administered. Oscar has a central line (a rubber tube) implanted in his chest, the "bags" of drugs, fluid, platelets, blood etc are then connected to this line via long tubes on a "drip" stand. Although this stand can be wheeled around, it is so difficult to manouvre this carefully beside a 3 year old! The central line can hurt if it is tugged, and also can easily be pulled out as we learnt in the early days, with serious consequences! This is another reason we encourage him to make things, paint, colour in, and watch DVDs - activities that don't require much movement! So the first thing Oscar and me do once these tubes are disconnected, is have a race - he loves taking a big run around once he is free to do so!
He had to get platelets on Tuesday during chemo, and he took an allergic reaction to them! That was quite scary, within minutes of the transfusion ending he had a huge bump on top of his head, and an angry rash over his face which looked like nettle stings. His face was puffy, his eyebrows and neck were red, and the rash spread all down his body. However it pretty much cleared up in 30mins with some Piriton!