Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September 18th Update

Wow, it's been 13 days since my last post!!!  So much as happened since then.  We'll start with Briley first and then the walk.
Briley's had a couple of CBC's since my last post.  She actually had one today.  Her ANC is 2100.  That is good, but not really.  With a high ANC, we really don't have to worry about infections being as serious as in low counts, but in the world of chemo & leukemia, her ANC needs to stay anywhere between 750-1500.  Most relapses happen when the chemo doesn't keep the neutrophil count suppressed, so most relapses are seen with kids with high ANC's during maintenance therapy.
Now, we are not thinking that Briley has relapsed.  I don't even want to think about it.  We need to get her ANC down to acceptable levels.  So, if her ANC is still high at her next Oncology appointment on 10/4, her nightly chemo dose will be increased.  I don't quite understand why her ANC has been level since the start of maintenance, with the exception of the wreck, and now it's getting too high on the same dose.  It pains me to give her chemo every night and now we are looking at increasing the dose.  It's just more poison that will be in her little body.  At the same time I realize that she needs it to stay cancer free.
School has been going great for both kids.  Briley is staying busy with this and that.  She has started dance class and will be signing up to join Girlscouts.  She also goes to "church school" on Wednesday nights.  That girl is busy busy.  
Shifting gears a little, the CureSearch Walk went great!!!! Team Briley raised a little over $6,000!!!  Eight teams joined together to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research.  All together, the walk raised a tad over $30,000!!!  That is awesome!!!  I'm am very proud and appreciative of our team and everyone else that came out and supported the walk.  We had 250 folks registered to walk!  The weather was great and we are proud to be involved with the planning committee!  It was a good time had by all!  My legs are still a little sore from the day's activities.  We are looking forward to next year's walk!  I'll leave with a picture of Team Briley at the 2012 Wichita Falls CureSearch Walk!

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