From an email:
“He has been doing especially well (we thought) and spent a record breaking two weeks at home except for his scheduled chemo sessions. You asked if he could recover from this [medically] and I don’t know. The situation wipes me out emotionally and scares me because for the grace of God….. I know God can do anything. I really believe that, but the thing is – Is that His plan? Yesterday was another scheduled chemo session and – well, – his mother says it best:”
well, Thursday was clinic day and ….
It really was to be a “short” day with just two “quick” doses of chemo.
Well, it became an entire day.
N.’s numbers were HORRIBLE.
No wonder he is so cranky.
For those who can understand, here are his numbers and what they should be.
- White blood cell count is 770. typical is from 6000-17000.
- Hemoglobin is 4.9. typical is 11.6-13.6.
- Hematocrit is 14.3.typical is 34.0-40.0.
- platelet is 57.typical is 150-350.
- anc is 240.typical is 1500-8500.
- potassium is 2.5.typical is 3.5-5.1.
The email continues:
“So, he got a 3 hour drip of red blood…500 ml. By the way, he is A+. This was just heartbreaking to learn of his numbers. He didn’t eat much of anything either. B’s day was hard. Also, N. has a very red, raw butt from the chemo. It has to come out somewhere, and this is a side effect. I wish I could take it from him. Although he is miserable, and expressing it, I can’t even imagine what he’s going through. Life continues, and this is just the way our “new normal” is. Thank you God for holding me, and comforting me and giving me the strength to make it through this.”
Might we offer an Emergency Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception for little N. and his carers and doctors? Here.