Day 3: Leukemia – the Yucky Stuff

Micah started his first chemotherapy today and although we have been through this twice before there are many new experiences.  Micah had his first of what will be many lumbar punctures.  Just the name sounds awful.  A little after noon, Micah was sedated for a procedure to remove some spinal fluid from his spine.  There were two purposes for this procedure: first, was to test the fluid to see if the Leukemia is in the nervous system and second, was to inject chemotherapy directly into the spinal fluid.  The procedure went well.  The most difficult part of the process is finding a spinal space to inject.  Micah’s back is so stiff that bending him to open up those spaces is very difficult.  It took 2 physician’s assistances, three medical students, one nurse, one child-life specialist, and one very concerned mother for everything to workout.

Later that afternoon, we did find out there were Leukemia cells in the spinal fluid.  After he completes the intravenous chemotherapy treatments he will have to have two lumbar punctures per week until the fluid is clear of cancer cells.


4 thoughts on “Day 3: Leukemia – the Yucky Stuff

  1. To all of the Walter’s family. I want you to know that I am so sorry for your precious loss and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Micah was a student at Choctaw Middle School for three years and I was blessed by his presence every day when he would come into class. I have to say he had a smile and personality as big as life itself. Micah, I know the heavens have embraced you with open arms because you are a true Angel and without a dought you are looking down with a smile on your face that is as big as the heavens. I will truly miss you and will always remember you in my heart. I truly love you Micah.

    Mrs. T. Phillips

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been following Micah’s journey for just a short time, but he has truly touched my heart, along with your entire family. May God Bless you all in this time of sorrow. Micah is truly an Angel now!

  3. Hi,

    I am coming over from Brandon’s site. I am soo very sorry for the loss of your precious, Micah.

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
    I will be praying for your family.

    Love in Christ!!
    C.O.L.E.’s Foundation (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)

  4. Hello sweet Walter’s family! Praying for you all. Micah is a wonderfully tough cookie who changes people’s lives. Stay strong and know that I am so thankful for each one of you. In Christ, Patty

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