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Lumbar Puncture, Osteopenia, Chemo, and Decadron

Posted May 20 2010 12:00am
ANC 1.5
WBC 2.1
HGB 11.8
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Jaylon had his scheduled lumbar puncture(spinal tap) this morning. His CBC came in looking good. Earlier this week we were informed that Jay has osteopenia .  Last month he complained of some foot pain so he had x-rays done and they came back showing low bone mineral density. The condition means that he is at a higher risk of fracturing bones in his body. We would have never known it a couple of weeks ago when he ran full speed into a flag pole trying to chase down a fly ball. Thank God he was ok and in one piece.

We were told that osteopenia is not uncommon when decadron (steroids) is taken on a regular basis. Since Jay is still growing, the doctors gave him clearance to continue to play ball and be active. If he were older and his bones were fully grown, he would have had to stop playing baseball or any other sport. The condition should reverse itself when his treatment is completed.

Jaylon received his methotrexate in his spine and while having lunch received vincristine through his port. Overall, Jaylon handled the day pretty well. The after effects of the anesthesia didn't wear him down too much. He was able to catch part of Aaron's baseball game at the park to end the night. Oh, and he's back on decadron through the weekend into next week.
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