Sunday, June 15, 2008

Wonderful Weekend

Olivia has had a great weekend. She tolerated her back for 8 hours yesterday and made it over 10 hours today. She was able to get rid of one of her sedation medications, so we're down one medicine pump. She was having some significant internal bleeding from somewhere (possibly her feeding tube was causing lots of irritation) so they removed the feeding tube and stopped her feeds. They also decreased her blood thinner to try and get her blood to "thicken up" a bit. That seems to be helping so far.
We did get some preliminary results back from her bone marrow biopsy. Apparently her last biopsy showed 10% blasts in her cells (I thought it was 2-3%, but maybe that was something else) and now she is showing 5% blasts. This does not mean her leukemia is "getting better" or anything like that. I could just be the difference in the sample, however, it is not progressing at this time. We will continue with the same plan as before and probably repeat another biopsy in 2-3 weeks. If she is healthier at that time, they will most likely go ahead and start an aggressive curative treatment here in Peoria.
We had an enjoyable Father's Day weekend. Zac got lots of fun things from the kids, including a new baseball, a "#1 DAD" key chain, a Spiderman t-shirt, a red pepper plant, and a pair of Cardinals boxers that are at least 3 sizes too big. He was super excited. Happy Father's Day!


the*4*of*us said...

I am so glad she's doing good! All of that medical stuff is so confusing--I don't know how you keep up with it all!

pastor_burdick said...

Hey guys,
So glad to hear the weekend was great! Hopefully Olivia will keep tolerating the back stuff, life looks better that way I would think. Glad to hear Zac got everything his heart desired for Father's Day, three wonderful kids, what more could you ask for... God Bless You All! Kathy Burdick