Monthly Archives: January 2011

Labs…

So you all know that Gage went to the clinic on Monday for our usual chemo, these are all of his blood counts for this week.

WBC’s Auto: 3.0(L)

RBC, Auto: 3.33(L)

HGB: 9.7(L)

HCT, AUTO: 29.2(L)

MCV: 90.7(H)

MCH: 30.3

MCHV: 33.4

RDW, BLOOD: 15.0(H)

PLATELETS,AUTOMATED COUNT: 129(L)

MPV: 7.7

NEUTROPHILS %, AUTOMATED COUNT: 43.4

LYMPHCYTES % AUTOMATED COUNT: 41.5(L)

MONOS %, AUTO: 12.3(H)

EOSINOPHILS %, AUTOMATED COUNT: 2.5

BASOPHILS %, AUTOMATED COUNT: 0.3

Everybody at the clinic was pretty happy with his results, which means I was pretty happy. Gage continues to get through everyday with little to no complications, I just hope we can continue with this positive trend he is on.


Monday at the clinic, waiting for chemo and lumbar punctures.

Time Marches On…

It’s hard to believe it has been just a little over five months since Gage was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia ***A.L.L.*** in those first few weeks of his diagnoses, this phase of treatment seemed so far away, like we’d never get here. Though this has been the longest, hardest journey our family has ever been through so far; we have made it here still in tact.

Gage is doing so well, I’m almost afraid to write anything in fear I’m going to jinx it all. I took Gagers to his chemo appointment today, he had to have a lumbar puncture with intrathecal Methotrexate. Always a party when Gage goes anywhere, especially the clinic. No matter how many times he goes through one of these procedures, I will never get used to having to hold him down with all of my strength and still needing two other nurses to help me to keep him still. Did I mention that while he gets his lumbar puncture, he gets versed and fentanyl a fun cocktail, that makes Gage loopy and lovey to anybody with kiss blowing distance.

I guess there really was one issue with the appointment today, and that was Gage has a hickman line in his chest ***good times*** and last week he pulled off the dressing and started to tug it out, so I was left to re-dress the site myself; which if frowned upon by the docs, as Gage can pull it out at any moment. So, as I was hurriedly cleaning the site, when I do this I need to let his chest “air dry” for at least sixty seconds, and that’s with four hands not just my two. I must have rushed, because when we took off the dressings today Gage had five tiny blisters around his hickman line. The doctor took more lab samples to verify that it’s not something horrific***which I won’t even go into*** or just blistering from the chloraprep not being able to dry all the way, before I re-dresses the area.***Please let that be the case*** We go back on Thursday, to recheck the site.

Gage before his lumbar puncture and chemo, all kissy face.

Gage after his lumbar puncture and chemo. Poor kid was out of it for the rest of the day, he took a four hour nap and then went to bed an hour before his usual time. I hope he’s feeling better tomorrow.

Anne Frank

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
Anne Frank

I love that quote. It makes me so hopeful to read it, trust in it; believe in it.

Bring on 2011

I’m back!! Hello? Is anybody there?!?***crickets*** Oh boy, sorry guys, but the last week has been absolute and utter chaos for us. We were released from the hospital on the Monday before Christmas and then on Tuesday with all the rain that San Diego got, our house flooded, like bad need to move out ASAP flooded because Gagers can’t be around any water that sits and may get moldy. Good times.  So we found a cheap ***read free*** house to stay at thanks to the coolest friends ever, thanks C and P, so we hired a cleaning lady to clean up the new house, and suckered a couple of friends into helping us move the big stuff; and off we went to live in our new house!

2011 is going to bring HUGE changes to our family. Back when we were re-admitted to the hospital, in the beginning of December I was talking to the nurses about Gages counts, when out of the blue one of them asked me if I had ever thought of becoming a nurse.***blank stare*** WHO ME?!  I stood there and as they told me, how I’d be a natural because of what we are currently going through and also because I kind of already work in the medical industry. My next response was what do they pay you to recruit nurses at this hospital? No, I can’t be a nurse, ew. I don’t have the bedside manner those nurses do, and yuck all of that bodily fluid? No thank you!

Thirty minutes later…Damn  you nurses! They have super powers to make you do things you never normally do. Like decide to go back to school, to get my prerequisites to start the RN program. Since I feel like I was sucker punched into this I decided, I’d like to get chemo certified in pediatrics to help not only the kids who get sick, but to really help the parents let them know that as much as this sucks it will get easier, and the not so normal becomes normal very quickly.  Oh Em Gee, what the hell have I gotten myself into? I’m scared, I have to take a math class, MATH! If once I start classes and you suddenly never hear from me again, it’s because I’ve run away to another country where you don’t need to take math classes.

If you thought this year is going to bring big changes to just myself, you are wrong my friends. The Hubs, has a couple of businesses that have really starting to take off in the last couple of months. I’m talkin’ magazine covers, calender covers and marathon wins; fun shit like that. Have I mentioned China yet? No, huh? Well the Hubs  is going to China! Right after the Chinese New Year, he should be making the trip. He is going to build a factory. I wont go into what kind of factory yet, let the suspense build up a bit, make ya want more, keep coming back. You know, that sort of thing.

As for the Gagers, the next three years are pretty much set in stone, chemo, chemo and more chemo. Which I’m OK with as long as his ass stays in remission.

I hope you all had a fantastic New Years with tons of fun, food, family, friends and with all of those F words I hope you had lottsa yummy hooch! May your 2011 be filled with new adventures, new friends, health, wealth and filled with so much love it hurts***in a good way***