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.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Quick Update

Andrew is happy and doing well, but we are getting a bit stir-crazy. We were told Wednesday that we might go home Thursday morning and then on Thursday that we would probably go home Friday morning. But, we are still here at the hospital. Essentially what happened was that Andrew's overall white blood cell counts were going up steadily. His red blood cell counts were rising slowly and his platelets have been normal (even for a healthy person). On Thursday, though, he had no neutrophils and so they decided to wait until Friday, then Friday, his overall white blood cell count dropped a bit. This is perfectly normal when recovering from chemo, but it meant that they would have to watch him for a little bit longer. Today 30% of his circulating WBCs are monocytes, which usually come up right before neutrophils. If his count hadn't dropped, then he would probably be home now, but ohhh well, staying here is what is best for the moment. We really haven't been here for too long this round and Andrew has stayed healthy through out so I shouldn't complain. I guess its just hard to stay here when Andrew seems so healthy and normal.

We are constantly reminded of how precious life is. Our time together is so short. We are constantly praying for the Lanes, who have decided to take their sweet little girl off of life support today. We are grateful that she doesn't have to suffer any longer, but we know that we will miss having her here.


  1. What a hard, hard thing for the Lanes. May they feel divine peace as they go through this great pain.

  2. Thank you so much for updating. I assumed you guys were home and enjoying life, I am so sad that you're still stuck there. It is such an impatient war waiting for counts to come up. I am glad that we could visit and see how much Andrew has grown. He is such a happy guy! Good luck with the last of your stay, and may it be uneventful and a speedy count recovery.