Thursday, November 12, 2009

Low counts



Due to radiation, Lizzy's hemoglobin and platelets needs to remain at or above 10 and 50k. This morning her HGB was 8.8 and platelets at 41k. We went to radiation at 11:40 and then directly to clinic for 1 unit of platelets and 2 units of packed red blood cells. We have about an hour yet to go and then we can go home. She is sleeping due to the pre-meds that are given to her for before receiving blood products. If you have not given platelets or blood before, please consider doing this as a true life saving gift. 80% of platelets donated goes to children with blood cancers. You are their hero and mine as well. I was scheduled to give platelets and plasma (plasma which goes to burn victims) today but had to cancel due to Liz needing them; little ironic don't you think?!

We are half way through radiation. Her last day will be next Wed. She is doing well and with little side effects from the radiation. Between the ARA-stinkin-c and radiation, it is knocking the heck out of her blood counts. Her ANC is also down to 280 which means she has no immune system again. If you are planning to come and visit, call me first at 349-5966. If you are sick in any way, shape, or form, please visit at another time.

Please continue to pray for:
blood counts to rise
ANC to be at least 500 and above. This is not great by any means but better than 280!
minimal side effects of radiation
no long term permanent damage from radiation or chemotherapy

Praying for all of you daily ~ Christine

3 comments:

Lisa M said...

praying!

Daniella said...

Hi Liz and family,

Congrats on being the top fundraiser for the Light the Night walk! You guys are awesome!!! Glad you are doing ok with the radiation. Remember, every day is one day closer to being done with treatment. Keep envisioning that light at the end of the tunnel!

Keeping you in my thoughts

Daniella

Annette said...

I am up late tonight and praying for all your requests. You are almost up the hardest hill. Keep fighting, keep believing, keep overcoming. Love you!