Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bone Marrow Aspirate Today

I was going to write yesterday to let everyone know that Parker was having his one month bone marrow aspiration today but I fell short on time. However, Parker did have his aspiration this morning at nine and it went well. They made five holes this time, two in one hip and three in the other. Normally there is very little bleeding afterwards, if any but today there was some in his right hip that we needed to change the gause before the first hour was up. Several hours later, there was some more blood accumulating but not nearly the amount the first time. My wife is waiting for the doctor to examine Parker's hip. We are just being cautious as we always do.

Parker's neutrophils rose a couple hundred over the past couple of days. After speaking with the doctor we are expecting Parker's neutrophils to increase more dramatically over the next few days. Parker's neutrophils are well over 500 now and we are just waiting for them to reach 1000 so he may come off of the antibiotic (precautionary during neutropenia). I am expecting Parker's neutrophils to be 1000 by this Friday. Let's hope that I am correct. I have been plotting all of Parker's blood results on a graph and comparing it to earlier data and what the doctors tell me I think we are good to go.

Once this happens, Parker will begin bicarbonate orally and once we see that Parker can tolerate it and it is effective they will let us return with Parker to the residence. We are expecting that this will occur by the end of next week. Of course, we wish it was sooner.

One of our favourite nurses is leaving the hospital tomorrow for a new hospital in Milan. We will definitely miss her and wish her all of the best. We will make sure to give her Parker's website address so that she can keep up-to-date on his progress.

Everything continues to be going well. Check by on Friday to see if his neutrophils rose above one thousand.


nonna said...

Hey Parker,

I hope you guys get to go back to residence really soon. I know that it isn't your home but it will make things alot easier for your Mommy and Daddy.
Come on Smart Cells we need you to go forward and mulitply.
Sorry to hear about your friend the nurse who is leaving.

Stay strong big guy.

love you tons
miss you more

Nonno & Nonna

Uncle Mikey said...

Hey Parker,

We're praying for 1000 for Friday!! I know you must be looking forward to getting back to your home away from home so keep those numbers increasing. Make it a nice Fathers Day gift for your amazing dad! Take care big guy and stay strong.

Love you tons and tons,
Uncle Mikey, Auntie Christini and Jacob

Auntie Natalie said...

Hello My little Parker Pants,

Well little one I truly hope that your numbers were 1000 or above today! That would be an excellent Father's Day present! I am going to get to see you in about 3 weeks Parker Poo and I am soooooo excited! Tell your Mommy and Daddy that I can't wait to see them too!

Have a wonderful weekend little one. I love you bunches and bunches!

Auntie Natalie xoxoxoxox

Stacy & Brad said...

Hiya Parker!!! Oh ...:( That bone marrow stuff is not fun at all :( I can i sure hope your hips will be less sore in a big hurry :)
All this yucky stuff will be behind you soon OK...
Keep smiling. I thinkit is IMPOSSIBLE for me to have a bad day when I see how smiley you are in your pics despite the circumstances!!!
Big hugs little man! And send hugs to mommy, daddy, nana and gaga from me too OK :)xoxoxoxox