Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I forgot to mention ....

Does ANC ring a bell with anyone?Anyone?As to not leave you lingering in suspense,I will enlighten you ....Absolute Neutrophil Count.If you have followed Zoey since the beginning of her leukemia diagnosis or if you have chemotherapy experience,which I hope most do not,than you might know that this number must be above 750 to begin another round.As I posted last night,I really should have mentioned that there was an ever so slight,well maybe not slight, possibility that Zoey's count would not be high enough to start Round 3.Forgot to mention that didn't I?Sorry.I mention it now ... why?Because we are home.Yep.Reprieve until next Monday.It's not a bad thing.All her other numbers look fantastic.I mean like really fantastic.I am cautious though and actually can't believe I said fantastic.Remember my motto: never become too comfortable.Ever.Platelets,drum roll please .... 309,000.Never,ever in Zoey's entire life has she had platelets like that.Considering Zoey's leukemia is an AML M7,a leukemia of the platelet variety,I am thrilled about that.Hemoglobin ... 13.Her doctor said,I quote,"I think her hemoglobin is higher than mine."But ANC is only 550.Another day or two it probably would be where it needs to be but why risk that it's not, only to have to come back a 3rd time.Instead we'll give it five days and it should,I emphasize should, be above 750.With Zoey,you never know.It was a lot of physical and emotional preparation for the day but we are home now and actually just getting a blood draw and looking at her numbers gave me peace.So ... to all you amazing people who left us such loving comments,I won't ask you to re-comment Monday,I'll just copy and paste.Kidding.But seriously,I was very touched by the comments today and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.Zoey thanks you.We all thank you.A bonus on the extended hiatus is that Caitlin and Danny and Jess will be home this weekend.I am so looking forward to that.Well,I'm exhausted.Zoey's is sound asleep in her own bed and it felt so nice to put her there.I plan on cherishing the gift of these 5 extra days.I will post pictures and maybe even a video to prove it.Now, I won't be actually IN any of them but I will force the rest of the family to oblige.Me,cameras ... not friends.Goodnight folks.Again thanks for the prayers and well wishes.Keep them flowing.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, I just had to weigh in - I'm sorry you have to go through all of the anxiety - but I'm thrilled Zoey's numbers look good and I'm thrilled you get a long weekend at home with the family. Seems like Miss Zoey is just always full of surprises, never expect the normal...Enjoy each moment, as I know you will and give everyone a big hug for me! Christy Pinuelas

JUST A MOM said...

A few extra days at home must feel like a piece of heaven! Celebrating the littlest things :)

Alison and Gang

Pam said...

Oh I am so glad you guys get a few extra days!! Zoey is so amazing.

Sending you great big {{HUGS}}

Anonymous said...

Enjoy these few days and a great weekend with Jess, Caitlin, Danny, etc. Heather I know you love everyone together so I guess God says "okay, a few more days for Zoey's count to rise, meanwhile the Needhams can share some quality time together." Nice photos of Zoey with her grandfather and daddy - love, love that smile.

Take care

Bluebelle

Anonymous said...

Good things come in small packages (Zoey) and when least expected. Going with God's flow, thinking of you all and blessing the togetherness, Christi Harman

Anonymous said...

Wow, Zoey's numbers are great! Glad to hear she is doing so well with her treatments.
Keep it up Zoey!

Joany and Carly

The VW's said...

Glad to hear that you get some extra time at home, even if short lived. I'm also glad to hear that Zoey's numbers are good! I'll be praying!!!

Karen Owens said...

Wow Zoey -- that is one amazing platelet count!

(did you ever think you would hear that compliment about your child?)

:)

Kelly said...

WOW!! Must feel good to be home, especially in this gorgeous weather!! Hope you have a great time w/ all of your family!!

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