Monday, September 7, 2009

It was another long day with five hours spent at the hospital. Exhausting...

Tanner is close to bottoming out with low red blood count, white blood count, and platelets. Yesterday they decided that he would need a platelet transfusion but that he would need to be cross matched and therefore would have to wait a day on the platelets so they could get them special delivered. The nurse explained to us that most people can just take any platelets but that something in Tanner's antibodies had indicated that he would have to be cross matched for matched platelets.

We went in at 11:00 a.m. this morning and had Tanner's labwork done and a bag of fluids and then they hung the bag of platelets and told us it would take about twenty minutes for them to run out.

When everything finished and they were about to give him his growth factor shot, Tanner's eyes started swelling and a rash was spreading across his body. They had to call in the PA and she said he was having an allergic reaction to the platelets and they had to give him some IV Benadryl and hydrocortisone. We had to wait several hours while they monitored him and waited on the medications to help with the allergic reaction.

The nurse said if Tanner ever requires another platelet transfusion, we would always have to remember to tell them that he had to be cross-matched and also given pre-medications. He is a lot better but his eyes are still slightly swollen so I'm going to give him some more Benadryl before he goes to bed.

He's doing very well as far as nausea and mouth sores (none so far - yea!) are concerned. He's just really weak and easily runs out of energy.

He has a very good appetite and just finished a bowl of fruit salad with cantalope, plum, apple, and peaches (all peeled so that he won't pick up any "bugs" from the outside of the fruit) and is now asking me for the cucumbers and onions I put together for him last night. His Granny Jane just asked him if he was asking for heartburn. Hah! Now if I could just get him to drink like he should!!

We go and see Dr. Barlogie tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Hopefully the trip to the Infusion Clinic will go a little quicker than it has the last two days so we will be able to make the appointment on time.

Granny Jane is looking forward to meeting Dr. Barlogie and I'm anxious, as always, to hear what he has to say.

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