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On Thursday January 25th I drove Tim to the ER for what we thought were complications of the flu, strep throat and pneumonia. They started testing and drawing blood to confirm what we had been previously been told. After a couple of hours the doctor came in our room, sat down and said we believe Tim has Leukemia. She said his white count was higher than she had ever seen. They were in the process of arranging a transfer to Jewish Hospital in Kenwood because they have doctors that specialize in leukemia and they would be best to determine if Tim truly had leukemia. However, transport would not be able to move him until 6:00 pm (5 hours later). After she left the room we just looked at each other in disbelief. We were certain this had to be a mistake, I mean he had the flu, right??? Once we arrived at Jewish it was a whirlwind of crazy activity. At this point we still did not know Tim had leukemia. The next morning the doctor came in and told us Tim had Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). More test would be needed to determine the risk level and what the exact type of chemo would be needed to treat this cancer. They also completed a bone marrow test. On Saturday the chemo regimen was determined and started. 02/05/18 We were told the risk factor came back and Tim's AML was very aggressive and a bone marrow transplant is needed to cure this leukemia 02/06/18 Tim was moved out of ICU!!! 02/09/18 Second bone marrow biopsy completed to determine if the chemo did it's job. Preliminary results show it worked, Monday we will know for certain. If the chemo did it's they will start giving Tim a growth hormone to speed up the white cell growth.
We are extremely thankful for the amazing staff here at Jewish. They have made this very difficult situation easier and we both truly believe he is receiving the best care possible!!! Of course our amazing friends and family - thank you so much. But, I must call out to all we have the best sisters and daughter in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!