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, August 23, 2011

Home with Fevers and Neutropenic.

We have been home but Mimi definitely has been tired from whatever has her getting fevers. Sunday she had a fever off and on but was able to sleep.

Monday 8/22 morning we went to clinic in the morning, she seemed okay but a thermometer showed otherwise... 101.3. Her counts also dropped Her ANC 60, not a typo sixty. Platelets and Hgb were pretty normal for her. It was decided to plan on bone marrow aspitation for the next day, to make sure nothing is being missed. Since it was a gorgeous day I drove to the girls' favorite park instead of letting my thoughts get to me. Watching them have blast with friends while feeding ducks was quite therapeutic. No eating after midnight and no breakfast the next day meant large cheese pizza was ordered from the girls' favorite place. They also got to stay up late reading books with Auntie Meghan.

Tuesday 8/23 We waited to last minute to wake Mimi up, that way she doesn't have to think about the sleepy medicine. No fever at clinic, it was so nice to see 98.8. But her counts did not look so great WBC was only 0.99. I am pretty sure that is the lowest it has been. The bone marrow aspiration procedure went as planned, we should hopefully know preliminary results on Wednesday. When she woke up from anasthesia, she received an injection in her arm of Neupogen which stimulates white blood cell production. I hated seeing her cry. When we got home she was a bit sore from the procedure but played some games and read with her sisters. Later at night she spiked another fever, I called the Onc. on call and gave her Tylenol with the instructions that if it gets worse or fever doesn't go away to call back. That was a couple of hours ago, so far Mimi is sleeping fever free.

I will try to get some sleep and stop thinking. I am going to bed hoping and praying her counts bounce back and fevers go away.

  • Mild neutropenia (1000 <= ANC < 1500) — minimal risk of infection
  • Moderate neutropenia (500 <= ANC < 1000) — moderate risk of infection
  • Severe neutropenia (ANC < 500) — severe risk of infection.


  1. I've got everything crossed for good news today!

  2. Just following up on people who have commented. Glad to see you. When we were in LTM around six months before OT we ended up with f & n.

    Wish I could give you a trick to bring those counts up. I never had one or would.