Nov 22, 2018 Latest post:
Jul 19, 2021
Three weeks ago, at the beginning of November, Mom drove herself to the ER thinking she was having heart problems. We spent the day getting many tests done. Tests showed low white blood cells, very high blood pressure, and a positive D’Dimer (tests for blood clots...that can also be positive in Lukemia). We were sent home to follow up with her primary doctor. After two follow ups and and poor tests results, we were referred to an Oncologist. We went to the Oncologist this past Monday and they ran more blood and scheduled a bone marrow biopsy for this morning. In the meantime Mom was getting sicker. She couldn’t walk from the couch to the bathroom without being out of breath, she was exhausted, and she got a sore throat where she couldn’t swallow. Tuesday morning we got a call from the Oncologist saying we needed to get to the hospital right away. Within 20 minutes of being at the hospital we quickly found out she has Lukemia. They ran lots of tests, including the bone marrow biopsy. Today it was confirmed she has ALM Acute Myloid Lukemia. The biggest hurdle right now is that she has a virus and can’t seem to get rid of it with all the antibiotics because her white blood cells are so low and her immune system is depleted. They want to move fast with treatment so we hope to start Intense Chemotheraphy tomorrow, Thanksgiving. (We will all be together so it will be Thanksgiving still!) it will be 2-4 weeks of treatment. Mom is in isolation and can be with people but we need to be with extreme care for germs! There are still many test results that will/can change the journey of her treatment. She will need a bone marrow transplant in Milwaukee at some point. One day at a time! What we DO know is she is the strongest lady we know! She is our ROCK and we will be by her side every step of the way. Prayer is powerful and we know God listens.