Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesday Night Summary

Chemo was performed today. Dylan's white blood count has been reduced to normal levels (between 5000 and 10000) which is an improvement from the 425,000 when he arrived a couple days ago!!!

Please pray that his white blood cell count remains in the normal range as further decrease opens the possibility of sickness and infection. Chemotherapy drugs are designed to reduce white blood cell count, so the concern is in regard to reducing the count below normal levels, thereby increasing risk of potential sickness etc.

This is typically a 48 week process, with the first 21 days of chemo being the most aggressive. Dylan will be in the hospital for a minimum of 60 days, and will be re-evaluated at that point.

He currently has a broviac which is a central tube that enables doctors and nurses to perform blood testing and administer all the medication while not having to continuously poke him for IV's all the time - this is much more efficient.

His platelets are low(platelets cause the blood to clot), so there will be a transfusion of platelets in the near future. His swelling has decreased significantly which is more good news. Erik says he is much more comfortable today than the past few.

The doctor has mentioned that the best blood for Dylan will come from the blood banks. Erik and Michelle want to say thank you to the many people who have volunteered their blood for Dylan, but at this point he will receive blood from the blood bank since it is already tested. They are also thankful for everyone's support through prayer and encouraging words.

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