Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Power of Prayer

Today started out as another puzzling day. Mireya's counts were down across the board. The results of the bone marrow biopsy won't be in until early next week. Where do we go from here? If these counts don't increase we will remain here until next week. The decision was made to give Mireya a platelet transfusion. The process would take about 30 minutes to administer and then after several hours her counts would be retested. A platelet transfusion will typically boost platelet counts to 50k or greater. These results usually last for 5-7 days on their own. At 20k, we can at least go home while the biopsy results are being compiled and a treatment plan is established. The transfusion was given this afternoon and they projected we would have the results around 7pm. This is the first day that Mireya really began to voice that she didn't want to be at the hospital any longer and that she was going home. The nurses didn't come in until about 7pm to get the blood samples. They were having some challenges getting blood flow through the hep lock. So they had to try to draw from another location. After two failed attempts and tears of pain, we had to ask them to just 'pause' for a little while and try again later. Insert 'pause' as a nice way to say stop now before I go off. Trust me, it was a very tense moment and a rough scene. Mireya has done such a great job with all the daily poking and prodding without incident and we just didn't want her to suddenly have a complex. The good news is the counts came back at 71K. Praise God! We packed that room up in what felt like 10 seconds flat, threw up the deuces and rolled out. I received the BEST Mother's Day gift girl is home and we found out from preliminary scans of the biopsy there is no cancer or malignancy. Thank you Lord!!

Thanks again for the calls, the meals, the princess packs, cards, balloons, your time, your prayers...everything. We have some follow-up appointments next week to help us determine precisely what this is. It has the classic signs of ITP, but could also be another condition called Aplastic Amenia. So we still wait, but from the comfort of our home, with confidence that Mireya's health is increasing and with faith that it will continue to do so. We'll share more as we know more.


  1. WOW, so glad I read this tonight...but so sorry I didn't read this earlier! So sorry you all are going through such a rough time, but so happy that you had a break through tonight!! Praying for you and the family please PLEASE let me know if I can help you in any way! Love you girl and praying for you all!

  2. Wonderful news! I'm so happy right now after reading this! continuing prayers!!! so glad you are home:)
    Happy Momma's Day!

    Jayne Barbour

  3. Praise the Lord!! We will continue to keep you all lifted in prayer. Love you much!

  4. Thank you for the love and cheer. It definitely was great to spend Mother's Day at home!