Out of 3 daughters Mimi is our middle child, older sister Iza by 3 minutes and a younger sister Magi by 3 years. Mimi was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on August 12, 2009. After 2 years, 2 months and 26 days on November 6th, 2011 she took her last chemo pill and is considered OFF Treatment! This is our story of our journey through childhood cancer.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Clinic Day.

Most counts are okay but her ANC (*Neutrophil) is 660, not great. Mimi did get her scheduled chemo same as last week and did okay with it. Cough is still lingering but not getting worse.
Today is also Day 1 of 7 of steroids.

In other news... Iza lost a tooth #2 RIGHT before she fell asleep tonight, she really wanted a visit from the tooth fairy tonight.

*Neutrophils fight against infection and represent a subset of the white blood count. Neutropenia by definition is an ANC below 1800 (some sources use a lower value).
- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of 1000-1800:
Most patients will be given chemotherapy in this range.
Risk of infection is considered low.
- Mild neutropenia - Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of 500-1000:
Carries with it a moderate risk of infection.
- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of less than 500:
Severe neutropenia - high risk of infection.

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