ANC is looking good at 1500. We went into clinic and the HGB is stable at 8.9.
The Platelets are dropping a little to 89. We just have to cross our fingers and hope that the platelets bounce back up over 100 by Tuesday, when we go back to see if we 'make counts' for Round 9. Kevin also wants Hans weighed to see if he still needs the upped dose.
Hans finished school yesterday and was promoted to the first grade. Ms. Kathy was wonderful and I'll miss having her around. I'm going to play next school year by ear - but I'm thinking that if Hans' disease burden is good (or gone!) and the side effects from any meds are under control, we may as well send him to the classroom. We can always switch back to homebound if we need to. I think it'd be easier to switch from the classroom to the homebound than it would be to do the opposite. We'll see!
Elle finished 5th Grade! She was also promoted to the next grade;) We're proud of her achievements. Fifth has included - representing her class as both a student council member and an ambassador, making the cut as one of the WINN news anchors to read the daily announcements, participating in Science Club, the school talent show, and Destination Imagination. She brought home excellent grades in her all-"G/T" class schedule- completed ALL those many projects! She was nominated by her peers as an 'Unsung Hero', she met her commitments to both girl scouts and competitive soccer. I think she even squeezed one season of volleyball in there?? Whew. I'm ready for a break! I think she really blew me away with this band stuff! It's fun to see her taking to her clarinet so easily. She ended the year tied for first chair in her grade on her instrument. I probably sound a little braggy. Sorry. This blog also serves as a family journal - so I do want to be able to look back at the way Elle continued to excel, rather than skirt back into the shadows, as we all navigate pedi cancer. She is also building some nice friendships with her soccer girls, and girls who've been in her class all year. Three elementaries came together into this Intermediate and it's a nice mix of kids. But, she still holds her first BFF's Greta and Sierra, as well as Madi and Ashley close in her heart:)
Okay - that's all for now. Thanks for checking up on us!
- Hans Weberling
- Bakersfield, CA, United States
- Hans was a busy, happy, sweet and fearless three year old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. He fought his disease like a "gladiator" for nearly 6 years. Hans was an animal lover to his core. He was 'guarded' at home by his three cats, Black, Orange and Cotton. He also had his Golden Retriever, Honey, to keep him company. Hans enjoyed swimming, biking, gardening, grilling (he had his very own grill!), horseback riding, playing video games, building Legos, and flipping between Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Animal Planet. Hans loved all members of his family and he was a loyal friend. He had to go through a lot of treatment in his life. But Hans powered through it. His attitude was let's get this done! His motivation was always to get back home, to his family, pets, favorite foods and pool.