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Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oink Oink....

Brandon has a case of "suspected swine flu." I say "suspected" because Dr. Rob didn't do any confirming tests, apparently most doctors aren't anymore. He said that based on the symptoms and how Brandon looked and the course of the illness he thought it was "probably swine flu." Here is the great news- if it was swine flu- Brandon handled it AWESOMELY. His body, even with faulty marrow- did exactly what it was supposed to do and it was no different for him than any other virus. His fever got to 103.6 at its highest, which is actually lower than the usual 105.something when he's got a virus. He's definitely had much nastier bugs than this.
Dr. Rob said that nationwide, kids with suppressed immune systems are doing much better with swine flu than expected. Most of the real damage and bad outcomes with swine flu in kids is occurring in children that have respiratory issues such as really severe asthma. He also said that his bigger concern was that if it is indeed really swine flu, that the little ones, like Kambree don't get it. He recommended getting the vaccination for all those who we could. We ran Brandon's counts and they were holding up really well. We'd been prepared for a downturn temporarily in counts but we were pleasantly surprised. Platelets were down a bit, to 131,000 but still a fine number considering he's had a fever for 6 days and any one's platelet count slips a bit under those circumstances.
So it was a happy day. Brandon is feeling better and is on his way to recovery. He'll miss school again tomorrow to be safe but should be back Monday! We are so thankful and grateful to God that he has brought Brandon through this unscathed. I had feared swine flu for him and it seems his body handled it fine!

13 comments:

The Collins Family said...

Oh Ang, I'm so glad he handled it so well and is on the road to recovery. Now saying prayers that no one else in the house gets it!!!

Terri said...

OH no! HOpe he is feeling better son! You be careful!

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Brandon's body! You just keep fightin' those bugs like you're supposed to! Woohoo!
Continuing to pray in Seattle!
Romans 8:35, 37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ...Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
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The Rhoderick Family said...

I am so glad to hear that he is alright. I will be praying that none of the rest of you get it.

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Anonymous said...

Any better today?
Lifting up prayers
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Anonymous said...

Praying right now!
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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