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.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More on Andrew

Things are getting a lot better! Andrew's fever has been controllable because he's been able to keep down some Tylenol (the FDA only recently approved intravenous tylenol, and it hasn't been incorporated by Primary's yet), and his TPN kicked in late last night, so instead of being floppy like a newborn, he's been starting to fidget and even play with toys again. He spent most of yesterday sleeping or being held, and today he's still been sleeping for most of the day. They have yet to tell me what organism is causing the watery diarrhea and vomiting, but we can cross off C. diff, rotavirus, and norwalk off the list (apparently Norwalk has been making the rounds).

They have him on vancomycin, flagyl, and zosyn to cover their bases. It is quite likely that it's just the chemotherapy that has irritated/damaged the lining of his intenstines either causing his villi to slough off a bit or to release fluid. They are a bit puzzled that we haven't seen these symptoms before, as there were no new chemotherapeutics this round. My opinion of the matter is that it was just the concentration of the chemo that has been hitting him hard--after all, he's been throwing up for a week now. Although he has nasty GI symptoms, the good news is that the GI tract is one of the quickest places for healing in the body.

Andrew's taken a few sips of milk here and there, for which I am very grateful. I'm definitely breathing much easier as the PICU is becoming less and less likely of a possibility.


  1. We rejoice with you and hope the improvement is continuing. We know that in going through this, we are living "breath to breath" more than in anything we've ever experienced before. Give Andrew an extra hug from Grandma!

  2. I found out that I couldn't comment when I had cookies disabled (which I did for another reason). Amazing how many ways things can break.

  3. AHHHH....I am so sorry to hear that he is so sick! I hope he gets better soon, and starts eating agian. It really is the worst thing, those fevers are so nerve racking! I will be thinking of you guys and praying for you!