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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.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ups and Downs...

Hans, Elle and a bunch of the neighbor girls had a big waterballoon fight last week or so, this was one of the only pics I caught.
Just sharing a shot of some of Hans and my favorite spring flowers. I am loving these big poppies that keep on blooming:)
So over the past 48 hours we've had some good news and some bad news. I am only hoping they come from the same root cause. Thursday morning Hans woke up at 5 am wincing in back pain. I dosed him with Oxycodone, gave him a hot bath and a heat pack. He's been dealing with the pain ever since. I quickly came to realize that it could be from the stem cell infusion! I'm very relieved that our doctor backed up this theory as the most likely cause of this new back pain. Hans' labs yesterday supported the theory. ANC shot up from 0.00 to 800! The white blood cells are the first cell line to come in, especially with the boost of the Neulasta shot last Friday. But - the platelets dropped to 3 and HGB dropped further to 9.3. We decided to go ahead and bring him in today for Platelets. The Day Hosptial was booked so we got our bag of platelets in the waiting room. The PA checked out his back, but she didn't say a peep about it. She seemed to endorse the theory of back pain so much so that she didn't seem to think it needed to be checked out. I figured why not have someone look at it since we were down there?? I am just plain wiped out after getting home tonight. I am not sure why - but I usually do get pretty wiped out by driving in to do much of anything at CHLA. Picked up a pizza and hopped right into jammies when we got home at 6:30! I guess I've done as much as I needed to do today.


Anonymous said...

Oh, boy...water balloons signal summertime!!!

The flowers are so cheery...someone has a VERY green thumb...on St. Patrick's Day, too!

Stress, anxiety, AND the unknowns of life related to our children tend to diminish energy quickly! Rest and relax together this weekend...eat and drink GREEN!

Love, hugs, smooches...and a zippy Irish jig!

Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

It's so upsetting when someone we love is in pain. Hope Hans and you feel better really soon.

Anonymous said...

Oh La La is that a little bit of Cisco??

Here we are having snow!!!

Pat K.

Hans' Mom said...

Pat -
it might be cisco, Michelle got it for me for Xmas from the home and garden show:)
(My family calls me La or Lala...)