Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day Thirteen... Today's MVP

Hi all.  Today's MVP!! Big Sister Jessie.  She is setting up her classroom for the start of the school year, and she took Sharon with her, so Sharon was out of the hospital all day!!!  Sharon needed to get out, and Jessie needed the help.  Good call Jess!

So the Hannah update.  Bottom line, yesterday she did too much, and she paid for it today.  As her immune system continues to decline, she is unable to rebound as fast.  Many of you have asked why we need to have her immune system go down to zero, so I will give you the non educated football coach answer. 

The type of leukemia that Hannah has is attacking her white blood cells.  The white blood cells are responsible for the body's immune system.  The medication that she is on is designed to take care of the cancerous white blood cells.  The medical concern is that other white blood cells that remain might become cancerous to the idea is to get rid of all the white blood cells, and have her body start fresh.  That in a nutshell is why we want her to get to zero.  Today, she was at 60.

What we have discovered is that her immune system is so low, is that she can not respond quickly.  For example.  Today she stood up too fast, and got a little dizzy.  For most of us that would be a second or two of recovery.  For her, that is that start of a potential bad day.  Her body is not strong enough to recover.  She had a few of those today, and spent most of the afternoon sleeping because of it.

That being said, she will probably hit zero tomorrow SO PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE VISITING.  

Thank you again so much for your prayers and support.


1 comment:

  1. Cob, I don't know how you do it, but I am laughing and crying at the same time at these blog posts. Please let us know if we can do anything. And we are praying for your family. Fran & John Prather