Weekly Checkup

Today Reba had her weekly checkup with Dr. Mavers and….

Reba’s levels are all great. Of note, her albumin is at a new record. Now it is 3.1 – up from Monday’s 2.9!!

Also, it’s the first time that she has not needed any transfusions after chemo. Her hemoglobin is at 9.1, her platelets are normal (~500) and her white blood cell count is surprisingly above expected (9000). We are still trying to get her magnesium level back up, it has been a little low since her second round of chemo. But, it is almost up to a normal level so we just keep giving her the oral supplement.

Occasionally, they have been collecting urine samples to measure homovanillic acid, a tumor marker for neuroblastoma. Dr. Mavers told us today that her numbers are decreasing, which is a good sign and indicates that the chemo is working.

Since Reba is 7 days into her chemo cycle we are expecting a drop in white blood cells soon (usually around day 10-14) and we’re praying that she can make it through the rest of the cycle without any fevers or exposure to any illness.

We are really excited about the results today and we are so thankful.

Chemo 4 is on the radar…

Dr. Mavers, Reba’s primary Oncologist.
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9 thoughts on “Weekly Checkup

  1. Aunt Shirley June 5, 2015 / 12:19 am

    Lovely to see everything moving in the right direction! Reba sure looks a happy baby through all of this….hoping you now have a nice stretch of time before revisiting Stanford! We will keep the prayers coming.

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  2. Sarojani Rohan June 5, 2015 / 1:38 am

    All you have written sounds VERY positive and I agree—-that picture of Reba is amazing—-It must be all the love she is surrounded with!
    Sending More Love to all of you
    !

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  3. Kathleen Kasdorf June 5, 2015 / 8:50 am

    Such great news!!! Happy for you all.

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  4. Christine June 5, 2015 / 11:09 am

    So happy to hear about the positive news! Prayers are being answered! Pictures are fantastic…thanks for sharing

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  5. Cathy Cadd June 5, 2015 / 11:38 am

    So glad to hear this good news. Holding you all in our hearts.

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  6. debi June 7, 2015 / 6:09 am

    love hearing this good news, we all keep Reba in our daily prayers and wishes

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  7. Jane Kretzmann June 7, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    What good news! Little Reba is on Good Shepherd’s prayer list.

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  8. Valery Hurdle June 22, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    That’s wonderful news! All my friends are praying for baby Reba!

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