Shawn Getz

First post: Feb 5, 2018 Latest post: Jan 1, 2019

After not feeling well for a few weeks, Shawn went to the doctor on January 26, 2018.  For a few weeks, he had been experiencing horrible headaches and had recently started experiencing shortness of breath, racing heart and petechia on his body.  Blood tests revealed that Shawn has leukemia.  Shawn was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), which is more commonly found in children.
His white blood cell count was 443,000, which is basically 100 times higher than it should have been.  Shawn was immediately admitted to the hospital.  They placed a PICC line in his arm, which will remain in his arm until he has finished chemo.  They began giving him fluids and steroids to drop his white blood cell count.  He received his first dose of chemo the following day.  Shawn's body responded very well to treatment and his white blood cell count plummeted.  We were told Shawn will be receiving chemo treatments and will be out of work until October. 
On January 30, Shawn had his first lumbar puncture.  They took a sample of his spinal fluid to see if there were any leukemic cells, which there weren't.  He also received a dose of chemo in his spinal fluid as a preventative measure.  He will have this done once a month for 11 more months.
The doctor originally told us Shawn would be in the hospital for 2-4 weeks so they could watch him to see how he was handling the chemo and to closely monitor him for signs of infection.  Much to our surprise, Shawn was discharged from the hospital less than one week later.  His doctor felt it would be good for Shawn to be in his own home to rest and recover.  Even though he is not in the hospital, Shawn still has to go to the hospital daily for a minimum of lab work. 

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