Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Gavins Blood levels very low..
After Gavin's treatment in PSI yesterday we had an appointment in Zurich Children's hospital again to get GAvins bloods checked. HIs levels are still really low and his levels are now at the stage they call "neutropenia" (Neutropenia is an abnormally low level of neutrophils in the blood. Neutrophils are white blood cells (WBCs) produced in the bone marrow that ingest bacteria. Neutropenia is sometimes called agranulocytosis or granulocytopenia because neutrophils make up about 60% of WBCs and have granules inside their cell walls. Neutropenia is a serious disorder because it makes the body vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections.)...so we have to be very careful now for the next few days as Gavin could get infections since his body has no immune system. This can happen a lot with Cancer patients especially when they are getting chemotherapy or like Gavin chemo and radiation therapy, the radiation can kill the cells in bone marrow which don't generate as normal. So chemotherapy cancelled again for this week. We have to go back into the hospital next TUesday and get his bloods checked again to see if they are back up. They also confirmed he still has a urine infection could also be cause from the radiation treatment. These are some side effects that we knew may happen so we will just have to monitor them and hopefully they will go away soon.