Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lumbar Punctures

Tomorrow we are going in early for Ezra to have a lumbar puncture (aka a spinal tap). Usually when doctors perform LP’s they are only going in to collect a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sample. With Ezra they not only collect a sample but also inject chemo in the form of Intrathecal Methotrexate. It is given to prevent leukemia cells from entering into the brain and spine. At Ezra’s diagnosis he did not yet have any leukemia cells in his brain or spine…a very good thing.

800px-Spinal_needles This is what the needles look like that go in to Ezra’s spine…scary, I know. The needle is inserted between the lumbar vertebrae L3/L4 or L4/L5 and pushed in until there is a "give" that indicates the needle is past the dura mater. Like this.


Ezra has had at least 4-5 of these done already, and he will have many more to come. We go in and they give him a drug called Versed which makes him all silly. Then they wheel him away and he is put under for the procedure because of his age, for adults you just get a local anesthetic.

They come and get me after he is out, and still has not yet woken from the anesthesia. He wakes up pissed off, hungry , and thirsty (not allowed to eat or drink before hand). So I come armed with snacks, and juice. Once they are sure he is awake and well, we are sent on our happy way.

It doesn’t get any easier seeing your child lying there unconscious and  helpless….

All in the day of a kid with Cancer.


  1. Sending lots of ♥ and prayers for tomorrow...

  2. I can not imagine how hard this must be to watch your child go thru such procedures. Hugs.

  3. I feel so bad for Ezra having to go through this. I have had 2 lumbar punctures as an adult (not pregnancy/childbirth related) and I know how horrible it is. I can't imagine it for a child. Prayers for Ezra and you and TONS of hugs!!!!!!

  4. Poor little guy. Prayers for Ezra and your entire family. (HUGS)

  5. i've had spinals done for steroids...i can't imagine poor ezra having that done! poor dude!

  6. Wishing you the best. It so friggen freaky...

    Your kid lying there all loopy and then you just take them home. So weird.

    Good luck with the rest of consolidation. Get that wound healed. Maybe he can get his port back soon?

    Love sharing with you!

  7. Oh, just seeing that needle makes me weak in the knees. God bless you all!

  8. I am so sorry that your son must go through this but so far the news is good and I know you are thankful for that blessing. The poor little guy. Give him hugs from me.

  9. Praying for Ezra & your family to have a restful, recuperating Saturday...

    Psalm 121

  10. I remember when I was 4, they thought I had spinal meningitis. They sent me to the hospital where a dr. told this hugely long needled, forced me bend over so they could collect fluid from my spin. No numbing. My mom could hear me screaming 2 hallways down. I didn't have it. All that trauma for nothing. It's a tremendous gift from God all the medical technology they have today where they can do this stuff for children pain-free. We're praing for Ezra and you,too! Strength, peace, restful sleep,and healing for your family!

  11. Oh my gosh. You are one very brave mum! with a very brave family, it must be so difficult for you all.
    I found you through apparentlyjessys blog :)
    Its wonderful that you are able to share your experiences with others. Im in my final year of nursing and lots of people out there have no idea what sick kiddies and people go through. It is amazing what medicine is able to do these days, and i think its only going to get better.
    Oh....and Ezra is one adorable little boy :)