Fever, fever and more fever.
We thought that the fevers were dropping off but unfortunately night before last and last night he had a 102-103 degree fever. This morning another 103 fever. The doctors are becoming increasingly concerned as are we. The fevers were supposed to have gone away as the chemotherapy killed the cancer.
Every day they test his blood but so far no bacteria grows. Not to mention he's on two super antibiotics and the combination of the two should be killing just about every bacteria known to man.
So what is causing the fever? The theory is that it could be three things - fungal infection, the chemo itself, or the Leukemia. Hunter's white blood cells are down to almost zero (his white blood cells are essentially the Leukemia cells) so it seems less likely that the Leukemia is causing the fever. However, the fact that the chemo is working and indiscriminately killing all of his white blood cells leaves him nearly unable to fight infection. Bacteria and fungal infection is truly the riskiest part of the chemotherapy.
I will be surprised if they don't start treating him later today for fungal infection - because at this point I don't think anyone has a clear idea of the fever origin. The risks are too grave to wait and see. I don't know all the details and side effects of the fungal medicine but I get the feeling that it's going to suck.
Death of a Superhero
A Family's Story about Courage, Bravery and the Defining Moments of LOVE
Our sweet, lil' baby love lost his battle to AML Leukemia on March 8, 2010. We fought long, hard and very aggressively for 2.5 years, only to have his cancer come back for the fourth time to finally take his life. He was only 3 years old.
This entire blog is about Hunter's amazing journey. It's about his life and his love......his determination and his courage.......his absolutely, brilliant personality, and the affect he's had on people all over the world.
He's left an unimaginable footprint on this earth and has changed the lives of thousands of individuals. People who didn't realize how precious life was, now live it with extreme gratefulness. People who took every minute they get to spend with their children for granted, now savor every last second. And people who weren't quite sure what love is all about, now love deeper, love stronger and love with every ounce of their soul.
People all around the world have shared their love, their well wishes, their prayers and their inspiration, and we could have NEVER achieved as much as we did without them. We are humbled by their generosity & their true friendships & are forever grateful for every last person that has come into our lives through our experience with Hunter. He was our precious baby love who we loved and cherished with all our hearts and we are forever crushed and terribly, broken-hearted.
Dance in the clouds baby cakes. Mom & dad are watching proudly & you will remain so very close to our hearts for all of eternity.