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Joey was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia at Children's Hospital of Omaha a few days ago. He was flown by helicopter to Children's Hospital of Cincinnati on Sunday, June 3rd. I am here with him now, and Joe and the kids are driving here from Omaha tomorrow, Sunday, June 10th.
The last few months have been crazy as we have been going back and forth between Montgomery, AL where we've been living for the past year as Joe was getting his Master's degree and Omaha, NE where we'd been getting our house ready to put on the market and Dayton, OH where we'll be living soon because of Joe's new job. Joey hadn't been feeling too great for a while, but he doesn't complain, so aside from giving him some iron pills and keeping an eye on him, I wasn't too concerned until we drove to Omaha just before Memorial Day. Joey was so pale that I started to get worried about him, so I called my doctor from Omaha and asked him if he could order some labs to be drawn to check his blood. He was kind to do so; thus we drove into Omaha on Friday, May 25th and went to Bellevue Hospital to have the labs drawn. We then ran over to Baker's Supermarket to get some food to have in the house while we were here (packers and movers were coming the next week). The hospital called us and told us to return Joey to the hospital immediately as his platelets and red and white blood cells were very depleted. They transferred him to Children's Hospital of Omaha and started blood transfusions right away. The next few days were spent with the doctors trying to figure out why Joey's blood cells were not being produced by his bone marrow. They soon diagnosed him with Aplastic Anemia, which is an auto-immune disorder that causes the bone marrow to stop producing an adequate supply of blood cells and platelets. Obviously this is a very serious condition.
The doctors discussed a number of treatment options with us, but the best one for Joey would be a bone marrow transplant. We are hopeful that one of his siblings will be a match for him. Because we are moving to Ohio, we started looking at hospitals to have him transferred to. We chose Children's Hospital of Cincinnati because it is world-renowned for bone marrow transplants. Joey will have to be there for at least 12 weeks, and there will be significant follow-up, so though Cincinnati is about an hour from where we'll be living in Dayton, we felt it was best for Joey to be there.
Joey was flown by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati on Sunday, June 3rd, the Feast of Corpus Christi. I am here with him, and Joe and the kids are leaving Omaha tomorrow, Sunday, June 10th to come to Dayton. We will have to find a house to live in; it is definitely a seller's market, so please pray that we'll find something quickly!
Joey is a fighter --- he is doing well and is learning patience. He and all of us would be so grateful if you would pray for healing for him and that one of his siblings will be a match for the transplant. We know that all is in God's Hands, and we trust in Him! Thank you so much for all your concern for Joey and us and for reaching out to us in friendship. We will keep you updated through this Caring Bridge site. God bless you!