We are very grateful to have the help and support of so many people; friends, family and strangers wanting to do great things for us and assist in anyway they can. and prayers are always welcomed! We are going to do the best we can to update this regularly, I found myself up really wanting to keep everyone in the loop on everything so they can continue to pray and see Gods will go to work.
02/12/18 Landon goes to the Pediatrics for a fever and paleness and is immediately administered to the hospital because his blood counts are dangerously low. About an hour into being at the ER, the pediatrician calls me to advise me to have Landon sent to All Children's in St. Pete to receive care. We weren't really given much of a reason as to why his counts were off other than signs of a severe infection. An hour ride in the ambulance from Brandon Regional to Johns Hopkins where he is admitted and in the ICU for Blood transfusions and tests.
02/13/18 Landon undergoes surgery for Bone marrow samples to confirm what the doctors suspect is Leukemia. Doing this also allows doctors to confirm type and map his treatments. We also did what we could to future parents who will one day battle this and enrolled/Authorized additional samples to be pulled for future studies and treatment remedies.
02/14/18 Doctors confirm Landon has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or (ALL). Landon's body experienced a mutation in a cell for a reason that is yet not understood. That cell splits, 1 becomes 2, 2 becomes 4, 4 becomes 16 and so on. This process happens until it stops your body from making red blood cells which carry oxygen throughout the body, white blood cells that fight infections and platelets which stop bleeding when you are cut, etc. 4 Blood transfusions and 2 platelets later, Landon looks good and is acting more himself.
02/16/18 Landon had a spinal tap to check for Leukemia in the central nervous system to which if he tests positive puts him in a high risk category and a more intense regimens of chemo and more medicines. During the spinal tap he did receive a small dose of chemo as a per caution while waiting for results. Since Landon's immune system is so compromised the doctors didnt install a port in his chest, they put a "pick" in his arm which is a more permanent IV for treatment, blood work etc. Anyone who really know's Landon, knows he is extremely polite and having doctor's drawing blood or him getting pricks in fingers has been really hard to swallow with him being so upset about but keeping his manners at the same time. By the grace of God Landon/s test results came back negative for Leukemia cells in the nervous system.
02/17/18 Today Landon received his first official dose of Chemo therapy on his road to recovery or "induction" which is a 35day process of treatments. There is much more that follows this however the first 35 days or Induction cycle is intense because the Leukemia cells have filled his bone marrow causing good blood cells and platelets not to be made. So the the goal now is to clear out the bad which also effects the good. Landon has had high blood pressure through this process which adds a dynamic to the treatments.