Science Lesson 101: Platelets basically do to blood what adding cornstarch or flour do to a sauce or stew. It makes the blood thicker, which enables it to clot. Cancer kills platelets. Chemo also destroys platelets, and can cause internal bleeding. If Tyler comes out of the gate with low platelets, the effects of the chemo could make his blood as thin as water. He could bleed to death before anyone knew there was a problem. That is why platelets are watched so closely. Bottom line: No chemo this week. Tyler is setup to try again next Monday.
Kathy is taking advantage of this break to take Tyler to go see Kathy's mother, Tyler's grandma Alice. Kathy is very close to her mom, and has not seen her for over a year. This is by far the longest they have ever been apart. Alice is battling a relapse of ovarian cancer, and therefore cannot travel. And up to this point it has been impossible for Kathy to make the three hour drive to see her. The trip will be good for all of them.
Please remember to keep Sinjin in your thoughts and prayers. He has finished his radiation, and will begin his bone marrow transplant tomorrow morning. At 14 he has shown more courage that then entire team of doctor surrounding him. When they said something was "impossible", he said they mis-pronounced the word. They meant to say "I'm possible". We need more doctors with the attitude of Sinjin.
Sometimes God calms the storm.
You can fight without ever winning,
They shall mount up with wings like eagles.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed.
--2 Corinthians 4:8,9
Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight. If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.