This morning we found Mika with fever. So when we went to the hospital to deliver his daily dose of cortisone, we asked them to check it out. Tests showed no infection. But with fever at 39.2 C, they decided to keep him overnight for observation and give him antibiotics every sixth hour from 1pm. I am home with the cats, Karin is at the hospital. All will be fine! Here Mika is at the play therapy.
Last shot! Going home tomorrow! Hooray!
One of the strongest things to deal with at the hospital, and wait for e. g. those five hours of ATG infusion to sink in, is boredom. Here, with the help of good old Yatzy! All fine, tomorrow last treatment!
Five hours more of infusion of ATG. Controls made frequently during treatment as seen in pic. Good thing he can borrow stuff to play with when fixed to a cord and not to leave the room and corridor. Two days to go. Mika is ok. Going home Monday! Photo by Karin.
He got the second ATG infusion of five today, and all is fine. A small fever in late afternoon, but nothing serious. He also got a blood transfusion in the night, yesterday he got trombocytes the same time. Brave Mika living thru it!
He got his first out of five ATG infusions today. No reactions! All fine. And our MD spoke to the donor coordinator in Sweden for bone marrow stem cells at Huddinge Hospital, and they have found three potential donors out there! We haz hope!
Some days and nights at the hospital ahead. Mika begins his treatment tomorrow. You can read about ATG treatment for aplastic anemia here. Some rough and tough side effects to expect. Give Mika strength to meet and cope with the challenge ahead! He’ll make it! Capice? Photo by Karin.
Now we have a diagnosis. Mika has aplastic anemia. It’s a serious blood disease, where his bone marrow doesn’t produce blood cells. No red, no white, no trombocytes. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aplastic_anemia Next week they will start with ATG treatment, and start to look after a donor of stem cells for a bone marrow transplant. A process of months ahead. We’re definitely in need of mental and moral support and lots of prayers. We keep strong! We will make it!