Reincarnated As A Mother

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 15: Yippe Kai Yay!

Dr. Hansen was just in here.  He's one of Kean's four Oncologists.
He finally got the Bone Marrow report back from the samples taken last Friday.
And finally, we have some great news!
Kean's sample came back with less that 5 percent "blasts"-- which probably doesn't mean
much to you but here's what we take away from the test:  Kean is in the
category of "early responders"-- meaning his body is responding to the Chemo and it is working.
Therefore, he falls into the category of having a better chance of beating this monster.
And if that's not enough to celebrate over, because he is an early responder, he gets to basically
skip out on his scheduled next Bone Marrow test on Friday.
Now let me catch you up to speed on a few other things.
His counts are down again today-- from 160 yesterday to 120.  So he's still extremely susceptible to infection.
We're hoping he'll start the turn around one of these days.
It's just a matter of waiting for his body to kick into gear and start making healthy cells that fight infection.
The Leukemia is like Napalm-- squeezing out all the good cells. 
He gets another dose of Chemo on Friday.  So perhaps a few more days of this...
Dr. Sandstrom, his Pediatrician stopped by the other night and hung out with me for over an hour.
Then, this morning, Dr. Showalter, the Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon that we first saw at the beginning of this mess
popped in.  It amazes me, how busy these doctors must be and yet they show up regularly to check on Keanut and give me encouragement.  (Maybe they are really just evaluating me to see when they need to call in the white coats-- ha, ha).
We had another rough night last night.  Kean was up for a good hour and a half with pain.
The Tylenol didn't cut it and it took a while for the Morphine to work its magic.
We did, however, have Kean's favorite nurse-- Steve.
The two seem to have a sweet connection.
Steve's the only one to get high fives, knuckles and consistent smiles.
The bad news is Steve is off until Sunday... and I'm kinda hoping we won't be around to see him for a while.
Nothing personal, of course.


Deb said...

That photo is priceless - LOVE HIM! Oops - let me clarify...Not Steve. I'm talking about Kean!!!

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Stacy said...

Great news about being an "early responder!" Yeah!!!!! Bummer about more hospital time ... Love how Kean will smile for pictures. So cute! I need to teach my boys that trick! Love ya! Stac

Adam Symson said...

Kean's smile in this photo speaks volumes! Amidst all of this pain and discomfort that I'm sure is so hard for such a little one to comprehend, he just beams. What a fighter.

Pam Beeler said...

Praising God for the good report. Lonni. Continued prayers for you, Kean, ... and the whole fam.

Terra said...

Wonderful news!!! Your family continues to be in our prayers:)

Sherri said...

That is great news! Kean looks so cute in that picture. :)

Aunt Pam said...

I love this pic of K. xoxo love to you my dear and your beautiful boy. xoxo