Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Abbey's Numbers


Yesterday was Abbey's appointment at the clinic to see where her numbers are now. If you recall, at her last visit which was a week ago Friday, her ANC was at 70 which is extremely low. The lowest they want her ANC to be is 750 so that kind of puts it in perspective. An ANC of 70 is pretty much a person with no immune fighting ability so just knowing that at this time of year (or any time for that matter) is something that is not a comfortable spot to be in.

It was hard for me to even take her into the hospital yesterday as I know the many sick germs floating around there. She was very good about wearing her mask the whole time that we were on our way up and down to our floor and room. Her little eyes were the only thing peeking out and I was proud of her for being so diligent in keeping her mouth and nose covered. We always tell her that her mask is to keep everyone else's sick germies away from her body. And boy how true that was yesterday!

Once she's accessed, it takes about 15 minutes for her blood to be evaluated and for us to have a paper in our hands with the rundown of her blood counts. Her ANC is up a good amount. It was at 700 yesterday so we were very pleased that it has come up so much, but it's not up enough to re-start her oral chemos. She's also still considered neutrapenic so if she would get a fever at any time with her counts being under 750, then she would have to be admitted to the hospital. So, we will go back this Friday to see if it's above 750 and if we can get back on track with her medications and take a huge sigh of relief that her immunity is back up.

Today was beautiful here! It was in low 60's and just a beautiful day to be outside. Jacob was off school due to a conference at his school so we were able to play outside for hours and enjoy the weather. Still very much enjoying our new camera. I am trying not to drive the kids nuts with taking pictures of them, so I have also been taking pictures of trees, pumpkins and whatever else looks pretty :) I did get some of the kids today though too :)

Thanks for checking in! Please continue to pray for Abbey's numbers to get nice and high by Friday and for a hedge of protection from sickness around our whole family (especially Abbey) through this season. My appointment is Thursday so hoping this baby will make his appearance sometime after Friday (after Abbey's appointment).... I know I'm being a little picky :) We'll keep you posted...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

i will pray for those numbers to be way up by friday.
and for your new little one to come after that--so exciting!
congratulations in advance to your sweet family!

Bethany said...

God knows the perfect time to bring your newest member of the family into the world, and I'm sure it will all work out so that you don't have to worry about Abbey or her numbers while you have the baby. I do hope that he comes soon though too, because I can't wait to meet him :) We are joyful that Abbey's numbers are already making a comeback and hope that this Friday they are WAY up! Sending you & Abbey hugs tonigh!

Melissa said...

take all the pictures you want Shelley, just save some for me on the 7th! Can't wait to come see you guys! and Huzzah for counts rising! I was just talking with an ALL mom on the way to go get some dinner while Josh is sleeping, you are always in my heart, but when I meet another ALL mom, it's like having a piece of you guys down here in Columbus at Children's. Tell Abbey Josh says "stay out of here, it stinks on the inside! (ps get me out of here!!!!!)"

Sewconsult said...

Prayers for the best of all circumstances.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

The Gammons Family said...

I will continue to pray.

Jim, thanks for the comment on our blog. The other family whose mother is struggling through cancer also has ALL. What a mystery the ways of our God are! I don't always understand. I loved the song you mentioned. I believe!

Andy

Cindy Bailey said...

I'll be praying that Abbey's numbers continue to rise. Thanks for the pictures, I really enjoy seeing your happy and adorable children.Take care and I'll be checking back on Friday.God Bless!

Anonymous said...

I love seeing all the smiling faces! God is great isn't he?! I continue praying for you here in Illinois. p.s. what camera did you get? those pictures are great.

Ferrick said...

Look at all her hair! She looks truly wonderful.

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