Thursday, July 3, 2008

Staph Infection

Well this time we have a reason for the fever. Kevin has a staph infection. I guess it can be common in this place and he is on heavy duty antibiotics. The surprising thing was his counts. He was at zero ANC yesterday. We were expecting them to come up slowly but he is up to 700 as of this morning and that means his immune system is coming back fighting. If his counts continue to improve tomorrow we maybe able to to blow this joint and actually get to see some fireworks tomorrow. That is what we need prayers for is a nice, fun evening of bring together and some fireworks. It is Jake's first 4th of July. I am not so sure he will appreciate it, but maybe he will get to surprise us. He tends to like loud noises. Scotty hates loud noises and covers his ears anytime even a toilet flushes.

Kevin is looking pretty good and playing the wii with everyone, including his doctor. Dr. Hale started to beat him yesterday and Kevin smartly said, " humm, I think mom should play again." (I typically lose to him). But Dr. Hale gave me an advantage I kept, and won for the first and probably last time ever.

I think we have all enjoyed being able to be a family this week. It is really tough on the boys with all of the shuffling around. It is impossible to get Jake on any type of schedule. Mike does really well with getting him to nap, but I think Jake is secretly daddy's little guy.

Thank you for all of the prayers for Kevin. God must have heard them, we certainly werent' expecting his counts to jump up that quick.


Hope you all get to enjoy your 4th of July too!

God Bless you and your family,
Rachel

1 comment:

Tae Scott-Smith said...

Hey there Kevin! Ethan and I werer checking in on you and saw that you haven't been feeling tip-top the last few days. Sounds like your body is ready for a battle though, with that 700 ANC. It's almost like your body's telling the staph, "What's that? You want a piece of me? You want to come in here uninvited and take me on? Well let's go!" Be sure to rest, drink plenty and keep on smiling. Your body and the antibiotics will take care of the rest.

Rachel, I sure wish we could be there to help you out. It sounds like it's going to be a fun little game of chess trying to move everyone into position to be able to help out with the boys and hospital stays for the remainder of treatment.

Try not to stress about it too much, though. Things will work out...even if you're so exhausted that the boys walk out in mis-matched socks and bed head and you can't remember where you parked the car (because it's right in front of you). All of that is understandable. What matters most is keeping a good attitude about things, laughing and sending out lots of hugs and kisses to one another.

When it's all behind you, you're going to be amazed at all that you and your family have been through and it is going to make you stronger for it. I know you guys and you are definitely up to the challenge. We'll be rooting for you the whole way. If you need it, we'll find a way to help you, too!

Go Kevin, go! Kick that cancer to the moon, then you and your family will be home soon! Goooooooooo, KEVIN!!!

Your friends,

Will, Tae, Ethan and Sean Scott-Smith :)