October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!  Sal is a little tired and his bones hurt from the neupogen shot, but this is normal. His white blood count went up because of the shot but it should drop in the next few days.  His platelets are still dropping which is normal.  His rash is coming back so they gave him some aveeno lotion to put on his skin.

Thank you for everyone’s support and help!

White Blood Count  9.1

Hemoglobin  11.4

Platelets  55

October 30, 2012

Nothing much has changed still waiting for his numbers to go down, they have gone down some but not a lot.  He does get out for an occasional walk when they unhook Wall-e.  He is also lifting his 10 pound kettlebell with his arm that doesn’t have the pick line in it.    We will post later the actually numbers, we have to wait for the nurse to give them to us again.

October 29, 2012

Just finished up with his last bag of chemo this morning at 830am. As of today his white blood count 3.0, hemoglobin 11.4, platelets 110. He starts his white blood cell booster shots tomorrow..He can’t wait to be shot in the stomach everyday! Now we just have to wait for his numbers to go down and then back up…hopefully it won’t take too long so he can go home sooner

October 22, 2012

Today we went to see the doctor.  He said that Sal would start his third round of consolidation tomorrow.  So, Sal will be going back into the hospital for a minimum of 2-3 weeks.  His white blood count is at 2.4 which is low, but isn’t unusual when a person goes through chemo.  His platelets are just over 200 which is good since they usually get so low during chemo that they have to give him mult…

iple transfusions.  His hemoglobin is around 12 or 14 not sure on the exact number.  So the doctor said that because his white blood count is low he would not give Sal the highest dose of chemo because he doesn’t want Sal to get sick like he did his first round of consolidation.  This doesn’t mean that there isn’t that risk but at least it will hopefully make it less likely.  Sal asked the doctor if there was any leukemia blasts in his periphal blood, he said that there wasn’t and if there was any he would not be doing anymore chemo because that would mean it wasn’t working and they wouldn’t be able to do anything for him.  So we have this round and one more round to go before Sal won’t be able to have anymore because it would start damaging his kidneys and liver which is still a possiblity anytime you put chemicals in your body.  We are hoping that this round will be like last time and Sal will sail through it smoothly.  We will keep you posted and thank you for your support!
Also, we are still looking for a donor!  Sal has to find a donor before the leukemia comes back which could come back anytime.  We never know what can happen with cancer.  Even the doctors can not tell us what the next step will be because they are waiting to see how Sal’s body reacts to each round of chemo.  So please if you can sign up to see if you are a match and if you can’t sign up at least spread the word.  www.bethematch.org  You may not be able to save Sal’s life, but maybe you can save someone else in the same situation that we are in.  What a blessing that would be if you could help save another person’s life!

October 18, 2012

Yesterday, Sal went to Ben Clark Training center and met with Class 188.  They presented Sal with a donation to help our family.  We are very grateful for their support, knowing that some of this class are self sponsored and putting themselves through the academy.  This class took it upon themselves to help our family without even knowing us.  It really means alot to us and we don’t know how to repay them with our gratitude!

We also would like to say thank you to the ones that have been able to donate vacation time to Sal’s catastrophic time bank.  I don’t think anyone could ever know how much we appreciate this and everything else that our friends and family have done over the past 5 months and 9 days since Sal was diagnosed!

We will be going back on Monday for the followup since Sal’s last chemo treatment.  Sal will probably be admitted sometime next week for his next round of consolidation chemo.  We will keep everyone updated on what we find out on Monday.

We did hear back from the bone marrow transplant coordinator at Kaiser/City of Hope and we were told that Sal’s bone marrow is considered a difficult match.  We are still looking for a match.  So if you haven’t signed up at the www.bethematch.org to be a bone marrow donor please consider it, you may not match Sal but you may match someone else like us that is in need of a donor.

Thank you so much!!!

October 15, 2012

Wow the past couple of weeks have flown by.  Next week, Sal will be going in to see the doctor.  We are not sure if the doctor will be admitting him that day or later in the week for the next round of chemo.  We are still looking for a bone marrow donor, so please if you haven’t tried to sign up, please go to www.bethematch.org and see if you qualify to be a bone marrow donor.  You may not match Sal but you may be able to help save another person’s life like Sal.

We would like to say Thank you to the 57 people that signed up at the bone marrow drive this past Saturday at the sheriff’s picnic.  We really appreciate everyone supporting our family.

Thank you and we will keep everyone updated on Sal’s progress!

October 1, 2012

We have good news, Sal came home yesterday.  His white blood count went up from Saturday’s numbers.  His platelets and hemoglobin were still low but the doctor felt that Sal would be ok going home.  He just has to make sure he doesn’t get any bruises or cuts with his platelets being so low.

He is scheduled to go back to the doctor on October 22nd for a follow up appointment.  We are not sure on the exact date of when he will go back in for his next chemo treatment.  He has two more consolidation chemo treatments left and then we will have to wait and see what happens next.

We are still looking for a donor.  If you would like to join the donor registration please visit www.bethematch.org  It only takes a few minutes to sign up and they will send you a swab kit in the mail.

Saturday’s counts

White Blood count 5.8

Platelets  26

Hemoglobin  10.1

Sunday’s counts

White Blood count 8.7

Platelets  21

Hemoglobin  9.5