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9/10/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. On Monday afternoon July 31st, (Kips Birthday) I decided to take Andrew in to the clinic in Alexandria. It was kinda to recheck him after his baseball injury he received 10 days before. On Friday the 21st, Andrew was hit in the face with a baseball. He was playing outfield and lost the ball into the sun. He got quite the bloody nose, but otherwise felt fine. He was checked at the clinic a few hours after. In the 10 days that followed, He had symptoms including head aches, tiredness, pulsating in his head, kinda dizzy when walking, and overall yucky feeling. He looked pale, and complained of swollen lymph nodes and knee pain. He had a chiropractor adjustment, and was seen for a concussion. He was not improving. I was at Walmart when the doctor called to give me the results of the blood test. The results were not normal. He rechecked them at the hospital lab. His numbers were in the range normally seen in patients with Leukemia. We were told to pack our bags and to take him to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. It was assumed when we arrived that Andrew had Leukemia. They were right. Within the next 24 hours, Andrew was diagnosed with B-cell ALL (Accute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He received fluids, chest x-ray,EKG, echo-cardiogram, blood transfusions, and was scheduled for a procedure to put in a port-a-cath and do a spinal tap - including chemo into the spine. This was complete the next day.