Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Low Platelets = Major Bruising

If someone, who didn't know Cohen had cancer, saw him they would probably think that we beat him. I have never seen so many bumps and bruises in my life. Sure, he usually has one or two big ones right on his forehead but not almost 105 everywhere on his little body. He has 40 on his head, 3 on his face, 13 on his arms, 2 on his stomach, 3 on his back, 40 on his legs, and 3 on his feet. Ridiculous huh? Any little bonk he would get a bruise and/or bump. He had his blood taken yesterday (every Monday and Thursday.) The doctor called with results and said his platelet count is dangerously low. That explains it. Normal is above 150 and they start giving transfusions when it gets below 19. Cohen was at 6... So we went to the emergency room and PCMC for him to receive the transfusion. Poor guy was throwing up on the way there and while we were there. We were able to go home at 11:00pm. He must have the stomach flu or something. He is doing much better today; which is really good that it hasn't turned into something worse. I'm glad that he's been able to fight off infection for the 3 months that he's had chemo.
His red blood cell count and white blood cell counts are still really low. They will do a transfusion of red blood cells tomorrow. We will continue giving him the neupogen shot until his white blood cell count is high enough for chemo. He is scheduled for chemo next Tuesday but they wont start him until his counts are high enough. I really hope they come up quick. I'd like to keep on schedule with everything.
After this next chemo they will do more scans and determine when they will do surgery. And after this next chemo he will then have his high dose chemo treatments and the stem cell transplants. I can't believe how much time has passed and how much he's already been through. He has been doing so well through all of this. I am so happy that he is able to act like a normal toddler.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers.


Lizzybo said...

Wow! That is a lot of bruising! I'm sorry to hear he's been throwing up and needed a transfusion. I'm glad to know that he is doing as well as he is, though, and I hope and pray his condition continues to improve. He really is a trooper and I can understand why you're so proud of him. I'm proud of him, too.


Kenny & Michele Kingsford Family said...

Poor kid! It's a good thing the only place he ever goes is to PCMC or someone might call DCFS on you! :) I hope he is feeling lots better today and can get rest and get strong enough for his next round of Chemo. Hang in there!


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