Saturday, July 26, 2008

I Have Got To Admit (Updated)

things are usually far from boring around here. Remember that post I wrote about Little Man's medicine and the concern about bone marrow suppression? (If not, click on the link, I will wait for you, ::::::foot tapping:::::)
We got a call from Dr. Ruby last night. Little Man's white blood cell count is quite low. How low? I don't know, I forgot to ask, (I was busy trying to process the information) Not like incredibly low, but low and what is more, I guess a pretty big drop from the previous week. I guess the size of the drop was concerning the doctor more than the actual number. Don't ask me what it was, she didn't tell me and I was too busy trying to think to ask *. Dr. Ruby said, let's keep an eye on it, go in the beginning of next week for another blood draw and we will talk about it with his ped and maybe Hematology. She did say, if anything happens,(fever, infection, since his white count is low, his ability to fight off stuff is weaker than normal) take him in sooner rather than later. Guess who has red, inflamed gums this morning? Uh yeah. He doesn't have a fever and we have decided to keep an eye on it for a while and see how the day progresses. Plus we have respite and after months and months of not having any, I am loathe to give it up for a trip to the ER for a kid whose only symptom is red, inflamed gums. (I can see the ER docs laughing me out of the room! If it were a weekday, I would take him to his ped, but it isn't, so the flow chart gets more complicated) I had noticed a couple of days ago when I was brushing his teeth that he had a line of red above his teeth. If he had a fever, or if it was obviously infected, we would be going in now, but I think we can just keep an eye on it for now and see how things pan out. And as I mentioned above, things are rarely boring around here.
How do you like the new digs? I thought I needed a change up around here. I might change it up again, we will see...

Gum Watch: Not looking any worse as far as I can tell. Still red and inflamed, a little swollen. Now I am really glad I didn't take him in. I am guessing he will be fine til Monday, we have to go in for another blood draw anyway and I will see if I can leave his doc a message on Monday too.

*Actually, I was trying not to panic, we are just now getting this boy's mood, behavior and sleep, stablized and changing up his medication is likely to end up in messing up one or all three of those things, and arrrghhhhh, I can't think about that, cause it makes me want to drive my van into the Great, stinky, fly infested, sea monkey inhabited, lake!

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FosterAbba said...

I like the new blog look. I wish I had something more helpful to say about adjusting your son's meds. Seems like you are really in a darned if you do, darned if you don't situation.

Caustic Cupcake said...

I like your new masthead!

Enjoy your respite time. I would totally not give that up for a trip to the ER for red gums. Red gums? Seriously? If the entire gum FELL OUT, that would be another thing. In the meantime, have a good time with Bald Man!

Mongoose said...

Oh, poop-snot. I hope everything goes for the best. And the new look is very very pretty.

bon said...

Poop-snot INDEED. Can't you and the boy just catch a small break here?

Other than that, i am lovin' the new digs!

Azul said...

I like your new look!

It's always something, isn't it? Here's hoping for some good news for Little Man to come soon.

Jill said...

I like the new look.
I hope things are OK with little Man.

K J and the kids said...

so glad the gum thing isn't going to cause much concern in a couple of days.
I hope they figure out the white blood cell count thing. ??? weird.

Deb said...

you have sea monkeys!!?? (heh)
i know you know this already, but get some questions together on a notepad for the doc. that way you know what questions you want to ask and will have the answers readily too. we're getting older and lord knows its hard to remember everything. i hope all we be well with the blood work tomorrow. i will be thinking of you.
and i like the new look. very sleek!

Sheri said...

Twins. That's all I have to say. I'll email ya!