Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Good Day Had By All!

We are still waiting for the results of the T and B cell marker test Parker had yesterday to come back. The test does not take a long time to complete but Wednesday is an extremely busy day in the lab so it will most likely be later today that we receive the results for this test.

Parker's CBC (complete blood count) did come back yesterday and for the first time in his life, Parker's lymphocytes are in the normal range. Depending on what source I look at I get a different value for the range. Regardless, all the sources place Parker lymphocyte count in the normal range.

Now, although we are hoping for some good news in regards to his marker test there was a SCID (X-linked) family that did have something absolutely wondeful happen to them. They went home after a successful bone marrow transplant. I can only imagine what it feels like to go through all of this for 325 days and then be able to finally go home with your healthy child. We are so happy for this family.

Parker's occupational therapist is scheduled to see him this afternoon. I am hoping that they are going to be impressed with everything he has accomplished in the past week. Parker now, will try and swipe at things he wants. I feel sorry for his little friends on his mobile because it will not be long before he can actually reach out and grab them with two hands. Parker also now will hold his rattle whenever I touch it against the back of his hands. He will even look at it and shake it. Usually after about 30 seconds he throws it and if I am lucky I catch it before it hits the ground. Otherwise he does not get to play with it until it gets sanitized.

What I am most proud about is how well he is doing with his 'tummy time'. Yesterday he stayed on his tummy for a good five minutes before I tipped him over to his back. He then tried to get back to his tummy almost instantaneously. With a little help from dad, he was there. He proceeded to stay there for another five minutes. This game went on for about 20 minutes. Parker does not throw his hands to his sides anymore either. If one does back, he puts his in front of himself almost right away. Way to go little boy!


Uncle Mikey said...

Good morning Parky!
Way to go big guy! We're so happy to hear that your counts are within the normal range and that you're so alert and playful. We can't wait for the day where we can see your sweet little face in person.
Miss you tons.
Auntie Christini and Uncle Mikey

Stacia said...

Wow Parker!!! You had big things happen yesterday!!! That is GREAT!! Keep up the great work little man!!!


Natalie said...

Hi There Parker,

Wow! What great news about your tummy time! You are such a strong little one! I LOVE the picture of you laughing! What a joy to see such a happy face!!!

I love you Parker Poo!
Auntie Natalie xoxo

coolauntiekatie said...

Hiya Parkerbear!!

I agree with Auntie Natalie 100%!! You're smiling face is incredible!! You truly put life into perspective, little guy!! If you can go through the things you do, and smile so big and genuinely............then the little things in life that tend to stress us out, are completely unnecessary! Can't wait to hang out with you soon!!!!

Love ya lots and lots,
Auntie Kate xoxo

Allyson said...

How is it that you get cuter and cuter every single day? It really is not fair to all the other babies! Have a good week-end Parker!