Along with a new picture of her, we'd like to welcome you to the new world of medical terminology that we've had a crash course in. Our vocabulary word for the day is "NEUTROPENIC."
Being neutropenic means that Amanda's white blood count, particularly the cells that fight infection, are too low to work effectively now. Our biggest concern is bacterial infections as they are quickly the most life threatening. A viral infection can turn in to this and would also mean several days in the hospital. So in other words, we are officially in "isolation" for a few weeks as her counts are going to continue to drop during her intense chemo treatments. The doctor warned us that this year's cold and flu has extended longer than usual and that there is a particular virus going around that is proving to be very hard on leukemia patients. Our main job in life is just keeping her safe right now. As such, we've set up some guidelines that we want people to be aware of.
- no people over to our house that have children under the age of five in their home.
- no school age friends or adults of school aged children until school has been out at least a week or two.
- we'd prefer no unexpected visitors. please call first so we can tell you if it's a good day or not to stop by. We will likely stay outside to talk. But don't come if you are sick or have been around sick people.
- We're going to try and keep contacts to a norm for a while to help things settle down. This means we'd prefer family and friends she's used to seeing.
- Erin will be in included in our "isolation" plans. Having her sick means we get it too. We appreciate the babysitting offers, but we'd prefer to not have to ship her off to relatives again from illness. She's way too ornery to readjust again!