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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.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

May be turning a corner here??

Cool banner that came with our TX care package...

Hallelujah, we might be turning a corner here. We don't quite have an ANC but we have a WBC that has come up from .13, to .21 yesterday to .71 just this morning! (We've heard you can start looking for an ANC once you hit .8). Wow. The fever hasn't come back in 24 plus hours! Can you believe it??? Perhaps it was the Fluconazole that did the trick. Not all the counts are following suit yet - Platelets are under 5 :( and he got a blood transfusion yesterday. But, we'll rejoice in the good news! They DID start him on the TPN (IV nutrition) just last night.

There is a little talk of HOME, but at the time, we are going to see what his labs look like and we may still pursue stem cells this week if the counts are just-so. Our plan was to do another round of ICE if the first round seemed to be working. But I told our onc that sounds terrifying. We'll see. Perhaps with a drastic dose reduction???

I had a wonderful, magical 24 hours at home with my girl! After a quick gonzo-cleaning, laundry effort, we made dinner, got our nails done, visited with the neighbors. We watched two movies together, put together two of the dining chairs from our new set that has been sitting in its box for several weeks now, went shopping for just a bit of the much-needed home decor for our place, and went to a soccer game! Elle was on D and she had two of the most beautiful outrun the forward and the rest of the pack with a gorgeous slide tackle saves I've ever seen! She's actually pretty fast which just trips me out because I never was fast at all. Elle was whisked off to more fun in LA by Aimee last night while Kevin and I shared Hans time.

All of us were completely spoiled by a 4-box care package from our old neighborhood plus a couple great pals! It was an embarrassment of riches or an early Christmas! Hans may now have just enough Legos to get him through this hospital stay. He works on them with much concentration and diligence. It's pretty fun to watch him go to work. Thanks, so much, to the Shallow Pond/Sandpebble cru! We feel the love!!! (Thanks to our darling friend Michelle for organizing! thx Carm and Charon too:)

Check out: CNCF Park! http://www.cncfparks.org/help-a-child/park/21/
And also Scarf it Up! for a cure 15% of Internet sales go to the CNCF in honor of Hans.


alanaransley said...

So glad you got the box! Zach really put his heart into his note to Hans on the banner, and we had a lot of fun finding all of those old photos to include in the album. Can't wait to hear good news soon!

Anonymous said...

WOW! The HUGE Texas banner is a tribute to the love and friendship shared with Hans and Family!!!! Such heartfelt sentiments, special for the creators and recipient!


Great news to know Hans has improved "counts" and may journey homeward!

Elle's fleet-footed soccer plays are not surprising! At three she demonstrated the same skills as she flew behind cousins Kalene and Jessa...long legs suspended in stride!!! Congratulations, Elle!

May the gorgeous ladies of leisure enjoy the remains of the day!!!

WHERE are YOU, Kevin????

Love and hugs...and prayers,
Aunt Susy

Vickie said...

HOping to get Hans home to a dog walk. That's the best medicine, by far!