Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Life Sucks

I haven't posted in awhile because things have been insane lately. To start with: my wife has been sick with a kidney stone. She had it removed on Friday and had a stent put in. The stent has been causing her pain so she is having it removed today... maybe.

The worse news is that my son may have leukemia. He has been very lethargic since Friday and broke out in a bad rash. The rash wasn't getting better so we took him to the Urgicenter at Schneider Children's Hospital. They ran a blood test that showed his white blood count is very low. The "rash" is actually bleeding under the skin. Without enough platelets his blood is having trouble clotting. Today he was admitted to Winthrop University Hospital for testing to see if it is leukemia. If not, they have to figure out why his WBC is so low.

Update: the oncologist thinks that it is not leukemia but something called Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). This is a serious condition but is controllable. We will know more next Tuesday when they run another set of tests.

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