Thursday, December 6, 2007

Down Down Down

Ben had more chemo today and a blood test which showed that, as expected, his numbers have come down. He is neutropenic again (number is down to 184) which he is not happy about but we knew it was coming. Ben's doctor gave him the choice between taking the oral antibiotic at home which he really does not like or coming to the hospital everyday for antibiotics through his PICC line. To our surprise he chose to take the Cipro at home...but this decision didn't hold and after we left the hospital he decided that after further thought that he would prefer the daily trips to the hospital. He needed to take the Cipro today but will start with the other form tomorrow morning. We will be at the Infusion Center anyway for the next few days for chemo so this just means we will need to stay a little longer. His hemoglobin and platelets are also coming down so they drew blood to send to the blood bank to get blood ready for him for transfusions if needed. All you donors out there who can donate blood - now would be a good time to take a trip over to the hospital! If this is anything like the summer his numbers are going to be low for awhile and may need transfusions.

After we were done at the hospital we took a quick trip over to Grammy and Poppy's house to look at all her chocolates and get some goodies. Then we picked up David from school and went over to the hospital for a Holiday Party for the pediatric cancer patients. Santa made an appearance and the boys had fun making some special requests (and of course David just had to try to pull off his beard). There was also a dancing group that came and performed. The dancers called for volunteers to come up and learn a little dance and David was one of the first ones out there (Ben was a little too shy). The boys had a fun time and received a great goody bag with toys on our way out. It was so great for the hospital to put this on. With Ben being neutropenic he will likely miss out on many of the upcoming parties so it was nice that he was able to join in the celebration!

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