So Andrew has been doing really well this week. He's had another platelet and another RBC transfusion (making 4 total platelet, 3 total RBC), which both went smoothly. Even though his ANC is still zero, his total white count is creeping up slowly and his energy level is starting to really pick up. His diaper rash is finally almost gone (yay!), but he has had some intermittent diarrhea from the slough of antibiotics he's been on.
I just loved having Thanksgiving this week. We've had so much to be thankful for these last few weeks, and it's hard to express to people here or to God how we feel. I'm so grateful that Andrew doesn't seem to be in pain. It was so hard to watch him at the beginning and we are so grateful that has passed. We owe so much to the doctors and nurses who have been so cheerful and personable that being in the hospital isn't so much of a chore. The doctors are really up to date in academia, but at the same time, they're very much involved in our care and have his welfare is their highest priority. I'm so grateful for a little bed to sleep next to Andrew so I can be with him when he needs me in the middle of the night. I'm grateful for the other parents in here who are just there for us and know what it's like. I'm so grateful for the thoughts and help from friends, family, and coworkers who have come together to help feed us while we stay in the hospital. I'm so grateful for Stew's patience and strength as we go through this together. Most of all, I'm thankful for my Heavenly Father and the knowledge that no matter what happens, He'll be with us.
My thoughts are constantly on my cousin, Heather, and her sweet daughter, Charlotte, who is in the hospital in Washington (state). Charlotte has had a hard time breathing since Thanksgiving and as I understand it, the doctors are still looking for a cause while giving her respiratory support. One of my first thoughts when I went through this is that I wouldn't wish this on anyone else, and to hear them going through this right now just really hit home. We love them so much and will keep praying for them to feel peace and for Charlotte to recover soon.
Love to all!