Andrew was diagnosed with Erythroid (M6) Acute Myeloid Leukemia on November 4th, 2010 when he was almost 5 months old. Andrew is currently in remission from his cancer, after finishing his 5 rounds of chemotherapy. He is a healthy, happy toddler.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Waiting to go back in

It's been exactly three weeks since we've been home, and we've been loving it! The reason we've been out of the hospital so long is that his ANC (or absolute neutrophil count) is, as the doctors say, "unusually slow" in coming up. That's part of the reason they did a bone marrow aspirate last week--to see if there was anything seriously wrong with his bone marrow that was keeping him from getting white blood cells. They'll do another one a week from today before they admit him for his second round. Today his count was 500, the magical number they usually go by to let you out of the hospital in the first place, and also the magical number that reprieves us of giving him an antibiotic intravenously every 8 hours.

We are anxious to get back in the hospital to get through the treatments as quickly as we can, but at the same time it's been fun to watch Andrew become more mobile. He's rolling over quite a bit now. One second he'll be smiling at me, the next, he has rolled under the Christmas tree with it most of the way in his mouth. He's starting a soldier's crawl, but doesn't really realize what he's doing yet.

Stew's parents will be up for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We feel so lucky that they're coming to see us, as they have other kidlets they could be visiting.

Merry Christmas to all!

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