Thursday, March 24, 2011

Good news!!!

We had Jackson's first follow-up blood draw this morning, and the news is good!  His platelet count is up to 392,000!  We are so, so grateful for how well the IVIG has worked for him so far.

Some things I learned from the doctor today... Jackson has a 90% chance of having Acute ITP - I was happy to hear the odds on that.  Acute ITP lasts anywhere from 2 to 6 months.  During that time, there is a somewhat decent chance he will have to get another treatment if his platelet count goes back down once the IVIG wears off (usually wears off between 3 and 8 weeks after receiving it).  Because of his excellent response to the treatment, we get to wait 3 weeks before getting another blood test (but we'll need to be watching closely for new bruises, nosebleeds, etc.).  The results to that blood test will determine the frequency of more tests in the future.

If 6 months pass and we're still dealing with drops in platelets, it will mean he has Chronic ITP.  The doctor said that he would have it for the rest of his life, although I HAVE heard of children with Chronic ITP going into remission.

We are so feeling so grateful today for our little Jackson.

13 comments:

Grace said...

Hip, hip, hurray!!! Wonderful news Amy! So glad to hear it. We'll keep praying...
Love,
Becky

ssowards said...

That is wonderful!

Cyndy

Shane and Geana said...

Yeah, I am so happy, he looks so good in the picture. My children would like to know if those trees are wearing socks? They were intrigued by the picture!

Jared and Tara said...

I'm so glad he is doing so much better. We'll continue praying for you all!

BigTed said...

We are so happy for you guys. We will also keep praying for you. BTW, I love the tree sweaters - are you going to being that trend back to Utah - you could start putting sweaters on pine trees and aspens (I'm sure they get cold too:-)

Devon said...

Oh gosh, Amy, I have been kinda MIA from blogging, so I had no idea all this was going on!!!! I am glad Jackson responded well to treatment and things are looking optimistic. I know how hard all of that can be. I will be honking of any praying for you guys!!!!

Devon said...

Sigh...autocorrect fail. I will be thinking of and praying for you guys,

Sarah said...

What a blessing! So glad he is getting better and his future sounds very hopeful.

Shan said...

I am so glad.. That is such a scary thing! I hope all goes well for your little Jackson and your family!

Lorie said...

YAY! What great news! I am glad he is doing better!

Just US said...

Such great news!! I am glad things are looking up and hope they continue to do so! What a sweet little guy he is!

Brooke said...

Oh Amy! I'm so happy that things are going well. We have been thinking of you and praying for you guys.

we love you!

Brooke (and Max)

Amy J. said...

GREAT NEWS!! I've been thinking about you guys and praying for you everyday. I don't think there is anything that is more scary. I worry when my kids just get colds.
I think we'll have to come to Texas because Ellie has been wanting to put on her swimming suit since February. She asks me everyday if she can run through the sprinklers today. I think the price of a plane ticket would be worth it if she would stop asking that everyday.