Gifts can come wrapped in a variety of ways. Maybe it’s a little turquoise box tied with a white ribbon, or a giant box wrapped in comic strip newsprint, or even a sweet gift bag with tissue popping out the top. The sky is the limit when it comes to the method of delivery and today our “gift” was not wrapped at all, but hand delivered on a piece of paper saying Andy’s ANC and platelets were high enough for him to start Maintenance!
It was a shocker to us to say the least. Last Thursday, Andy needed another AT3 infusion and his ANC was 20 (tho the manual count indicated it was a bit higher 160 that day) and his platelets were 67, but low and behold, today his ANC was 820 (manual was 920) and platelets were 173 – crazy! He needed his ANC to be 750 and platelets to be 75 to go forth, so he passed with pretty good measure. Obviously his body was on the rebound and the labs last Thursday were just the tail end of the low numbers. So as an early Christmas present, Andy started Maintenance with a back poke of Methotrexate and a squirt of Vincristine in his port and will be on various oral medicines throughout the month. I need a scorecard to keep track of the medicine schedule, but thankfully his nurse today made me a calendar so I don’t goof up. He also got another dose of AT3 today. I was hopeful it would be his last, but I just heard from his doctor and his level was still at 30 which is too low so he’ll have labs drawn to check it on Thursday to see if he needs one more dose. He also is up 2 lbs from Thursday, which was great news. I think the weight gain is more a product of his appetite returning now that the chemo is finally out of his system rather than the appetite stimulant that was prescribed to him last Thursday in response to him reaching an all time low weight of 57 lbs. I’m sure between the Prednisone that he started today (it goes for five days) and all the rich holiday foods he’ll be around, that we won’t have too much trouble packing on some pounds.
He’s doing well tonight and is happy as a clam. He’s bouncing around just dying to open Christmas presents, aren’t all kids on Christmas Eve? And while it would seem that Andy starting Maintenance today is the best gift ever, it really isn’t (tho it’s right close to the top). The best gift ever is God sending his son, Jesus, to bridge the gap between God and man. Coming to save all of mankind from our sins if we just simply ask Him into our heart and life. Tomorrow my family will celebrate this very special birth. I’m so very thankful for this precious birth so I can have a personal relationship with God and live in Heaven for eternity. If you don’t know the Christmas story, I urge you to read Luke 2:1-20 in any Holy Bible. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas.
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6