Saturday, December 19, 2009

Those numbers

Every day the nurse comes in with a piece of paper to communicate "today's numbers" and we hold our breath.

These are the blood test results.

To give the context, here are the normal ranges (and my own lame understanding of what they mean):

Hemoglobin (Hgb)- 140-180 - Red blood cell count, oxygenation of the blood
Platelets (Plts) - 150-400 (clotting factor)
***** White Blood Cells (WBC) - 4-11 - fight infection I think

The WBC count is the number that brought us down. Normal is 4-11 and Brandon's was 182 on Monday. His bone marrow is producing immature WBCs and that is the cancer. The chemo aims to kill these and bring the number to zero. The hope is that then Brandon's marrow will produce healthy cells or that a bone marrow transplant will help.

So today's numbers:

Hgb - 86 - ok
Plts - 32 - low but expected and they will give him transfusions if needed
WBC - 2.2 - YES!!!! I did not mis-type!!!!!

Celebrate the small miracles!!!!! This shows that his body is responding to the chemo.

Brandon physically feels like shit...but the white blood cells feel shittier and that's what we care about!

Keep praying for us....


  1. HI Taly and Brandon,

    Constantly thinking of you! Sending you love and prayers. You WILL win the battle!!

    Monique and Haim

  2. Hi,
    I came back to the blog today to see if there were any updates...we are really shocked and feel awful that you guys are going through this. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sue and Kevin

  3. Yay! Great job, Brandon! Keep those WBCs down!

    Thinking of you all and pulling for you down here in Boston.

  4. That is awesome news! Brandon is doing great! You both are handling this like true champs!

    Have they told you what kind of leukemia it is and what grade?

    Big hugs! Jen

  5. Taly and Brandon,

    You know that we are thinking about you and praying for you!

    Let us know if we can be of any help with the kids on mon/tues/weds...

  6. I knew Brandon years ago (such a great guy) and my husband and I live downtown, close to the hospital. I have a two year old son and a condo full of toys so I would be honoured to look after your two children anytime you need me to. Contact me on facebook - it's Angie Cain Elliott

  7. thrilled to hear the happiness and success in the post! go brandon go!

  8. Brandon,

    You stubborn SOB! Way to fight off those WCBs! I can't even imagine how shitty you feel right now, but I do know you are a fighter and I wish you all the strength to keep up your fight!!!

    Dave (Andrea and Dylan)