Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Since the flu...

Shelby did get over the flu just fine.  In fact, Riley & Avery seemed to deal with it longer than Shelby.  Shelby's white blood cell (wbc) count and ANC (absolute neutrophil count) did not like the flu and decided to take a HUGE nosedive.  How did we know, you ask?

Shelby's teacher called right after school last Wednesday and said Shelby just was not herself that day.  She was very concerned.  Riley had some concerns about Shelby's behavior, too, as they had spent a lot of time together while sick.  I took her immediately for labs to get her ammonia level checked and, on that lab order, are a bunch of other tests.  So we found out that her ammonia was a bit more elevated and her wbc & ANC were bad, bad, bad.  We kept her home then until today when she had labs repeated.  Those numbers have improved enough for her to go back to school tomorrow - phew!

Her ammonia is a bit of a mystery.  One doctor wanted to put her on a strong medication with not-so-great side effects because when I called asking what to do they interpreted that as "PUT HER ON MEDICATION!"  Yeah.  That isn't what I was asking.  Her liver doctor is now managing this and saying to keep a log of her behavior between now and clinic and we'll talk more about it then.  Seems like this will be something Shelby will have to deal with for quite a while and we'll just have to make accommodations.  {{{Sigh}}}

March is a super-busy month for doctor's appointments in Chicago.  She has 2 this Friday, 3 on the 15th, 1 on the 17th and 2 on the 18th.  Can you believe we go there so much and things are relatively "calm" for her?  It would be so nice to have a big center that takes care of all this right here in Rockford...I know, I know, a girl can dream, right?

Please pray for our little friends Emerson and Aiden as they are walking such tough roads right now.

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