Maverick Dehn

First post: Oct 22, 2019 Latest post: Jul 3, 2020
       Maverick is a loud, rambunctious 4 year old boy who is very active with his brothers and loves to play.  He's literally the definition of boy.  He's also loves to cuddle. Every night at some point he ends up in our room, sleeping right next to me.  For a good 4-6 weeks, he has been complaining about his back. At first we thought, maybe he pulled something in his back  from rough housing or maybe related to his bowel movements. He chooses to hold it until he can't anymore. He wouldn't complain every day about it but every few days, he would say his back hurts, want us to rub it and lay on the couch for awhile and then get back up and play.  Then this past week, his pain became worse.  On Friday October 18, he woke up and laid on the couch for an hour. He refused to sit or stand up and I thought his color was also starting to look off. I made an appointment that day with his primary. Of course at his appointment, he denied pain. His doctor had him do all sorts of movements, jumps and running down the hallway. The whole time he denied pain. We continued to do x rays and those looked normal. We also did labs. His primary said that if his labs looked normal on Monday that she would refer us to ortho. We came home from his appointment on Friday. The phone rang and it was his pediatrician stating that his labs are concerning and that she had already contacted a hematologist at the U. They wanted us to repeat the labs on Saturday morning to make sure they were accurate as his labs were saying that he was significantly anemic and his platelets were very low. Ryan took Maverick for his redraws on Saturday morning and then we waited to hear back. While we waited we went for a walk to the park with the boys and played for awhile. I had a gut feeling this would be the last bit of normalcy we would have as a family. His pediatrician  called and informed us that it did look like Maverick has some sort of malignancy and that oncology would be calling us soon with how to move forward with his diagnosis. This has been so sudden and very emotional.

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