Monday, October 11, 2010

Ups and Downs

Last week, Tyler had some serious ups and downs.  On Monday night, he woke up about midnight and found, after blowing his nose, that the blood wouldn't stop.  Since his platelets had been low on Friday, we were certain that a low platelet count was the reason that he couldn't clot.  We went to the ER and, after about 4 hours, Tyler got a bag of platelets and finally the bleeding stopped.

The doctors really wanted to observe him for a few hours, to make sure that there were no lingering effects from the blood loss, so he got admitted for the day.  Thankfully, he was able to come home mid afternoon, after another bag of platelets.

He went to SCCA on Wednesday to check his blood counts again and learned that he needed some red  blood cells, so he got more transfusions on Wednesday.  And again on Thursday and Friday...

We were nervous over the weekend, but he made it through safely.  We also got to enjoy the comedy of Jim Gaffigan on Saturday evening, which was a surprise treat for Tyler. (Hot Pockets.....)

He heads to Houston tomorrow for his Day 15 appointment. I am predicting that Tyler will spend about an hour in the waiting room, a half hour with the doctor, and 3 days in Houston overall.  I'm really glad that most of our treatment has been in Seattle!

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