Monday, January 21, 2008

Pray for Tyler

We need to find out what is going on inside Tyler's body. Streptococcal bacterial infection seems to be the consensus, although not yet confirmed. More antibiotics are being injected into Tyler to fight whatever is going on. It is critical that we get this under control. Streptococcal infection leads to toxic shock syndrome, a condition that simply can not be allowed to happen in Tyler's current physical condition. Tonight he is vomiting and in a great deal of pain. More antibiotics. More drugs. More platelets. More blood transfusions.

Tyler's white blood cells need to get to at least 4.0. After three days of undetectable readings, Tyler came in this morning at 0.1. It is the lowest reading detectable, but it is better than zero. He has remained at that count the entire day.

Tyler has receive constant platelet transfusions over the past 24 hours, with no improvement in his platelet count. He has been running a constant fever, which destroys the platelets.

Tyler's red counts, which had come back, are now dropping. He has been put back on blood transfusions as well.

For cancer patients on chemo, there is concern when fevers reach 100.5. Even with maximum doses of Tylenol, Tyler's temperature is running 101.5-104.9. Part of the problem is keeping the Tylenol down. He usually vomits up even the liquid form. Tyler asked for Tylenol through his IV, but no such product exists.

"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We are knocked down, but never destroyed."
--2 Corinthians 4:8,9

“For I know the plans that I have for you . . . plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart”
--Jeremiah 29:11-13

"If there is no struggle, there is not progress."
--Frederick Douglass

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"
--Dr. Seuss


Lisa Slonecker said...

Prayers, prayers, and more prayers coming your way.

We hate to think of the suffering that Tyler and all of you are going through right now. Keep fighting, Tyler!!

The Sloneckers

Tammi said...

No words can express our feelings. Prayers, love and thoughts are with you all.

missy said...

Praying hard.
The Olivos

dmf-dana said...


We feel for you and we are praying hard for you!! Your courage and strength have given us strength and encouragement.

Please continue to fight and grow strong in the knowledge that you are an inspiration to us all.

The Mack's

Anonymous said...

Prayers for you all. Keep fighting.


Sheryl62l said...

I hate that you are in pain and not feeling well. Will continue to pray for you and your family. This is just a bump in the road. 2008 is the year of healing and cancer free. You will be living life like a teenager should real soon. That time will be here before you know it. Until then you hang in there. Will have you put on prayer chains in WV too, too speed up the process.
Sheryl Pauley & Brett Workman

The Gregory Family said...

Tyler has been on my mind every day and I am so sorry to hear about his current fight. I have been praying for his recovery and will add him to our church's prayer list.

Thank you for this blog.

Beth Gregory