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This is Spinal Tap Part Deux

Posted Nov 03 2010 12:00am
ANC 6.9, WBC 7.7, HGB 12.6, PLT 216
This morning we met with our doctor and nurse practitioner to learn more about Jay's spinal fluid results. It is confirmed that the spinal fluid results from last week's lumbar puncture had one white blood cell that contained 40% leukemia blasts. We were told it's not unusual to find a few white blood cells in the spinal fluid, but the blasts in the cell is a real concern. The doctor mentioned back in the 90s finding this one white blood cell would have been no big deal. With today's research and advancement we have learned to take every precaution and to attack the disease aggressively.  Jaylon will receive methotrexate, ara-c, and hydrocortisone in his spine.  Last week's spinal fluid sample was taken before chemo was administered so the results from today's sample may be different.

Jay's spinal tap was scheduled for 12pm but was delayed 2 1/2 hours due to another patient emergency.  He just came off steroids so we know delaying his lunch was going to be a bad idea.  After the procedure was completed he got to enjoy his Tommy's Chili Cheeseburger and Chili Cheese Fries. His brothers and sister stopped in for some support, but had zero chance at his food.

As we headed out our nurse practitioner stopped us and gave us the results. The white blood cells count was less than one. That is great news and the results are headed in the right direction.  We are still waiting for the differential totals to get a breakdown of the cells.

Jaylon went through last week's spinal tap with flying colors. Today he wasn't so lucky. Zofran is Jay's best friend tonight. For those that don't know, Zofran helps stop nausea. It looks like he will have at least one more spinal tap.

Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support.
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