We’ve been chemo-free since late December. This morning is sort of the final stage in Joshua’s completion of his treatment as he’s having a surgical procedure to remove the port from his chest.
When Joshua was first diagnosed with leukemia, one of the first things that happened was the insertion of the port. At least 3 times a month for the last 36 months, blood has been drawn and medicine given through it. It’s attached to a ventricle in Joshua’s heart and makes the taking of blood and receiving of medicine much, much easier.
Today it’s getting taken out. And Joshua, for his part, is more nervous about this than any of the poison that’s been put into his system over the last 3 years:
“They’re going to do what to my chest?”
“With a knife?!?!?!”
Funny. But God willing, he doesn’t need it any more.
UPDATE: Joshua’s surgery took about an hour. Port is gone, and we were eating M&M pancakes by 10:30. He’s pretty jacked about his “scar.”