Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Yet another long stretch and it's time to update a little. Never a dull moment at the Hancock residence. Things have been good (and busy) since we got home with Tysa. Elijah just loves her so much and even Alivia is doing better than I thought she would. She like to hug her and squeeze her. There has been a few times when she has needed me and I'm feeding Tysa, so she is a little jealous but for the most part doing quite well. This last Saturday Alivia ran a fever all day and had been feeling crummy for the couple of days before that. I thought she was trying to cut teeth, but on Saturday night her fever got to 104 and she didn't want to walk on her right leg. I wanted to cry, we have played this game before!! We ended up taking her to the ER because we didn't really know what to think. Her white count was high and she has a virus called hand, foot and mouth. This is the third time she has had this in the last few months and it is highly contagious. I was trying to be so careful with my immuno-suppressed child and newborn baby, but Elijah ended up getting a fever last night (Monday) and we had to come to the hospital with him. Alivia is doing better and is staying with Woody and Melissa ( Thanks soooooo much to them!!!). We are so lucky to have such a strong support system around us and people so willing to watch our kiddos on a moments notice, even when they are sick. We are currently at the hospital with Elijah and Tysa. Elijah is doing okay, but as of about an hour ago has gotten another fever. We were supposed to be leaving in the morning, but I don't know now?? Elijah is showing no signs of the virus that Alivia has, so we don't really know why he is getting fevers. Dr Al-Zein was in today and I talked with him about a few different things. First, Elijah has been complaining lately that his legs are asleep. It's hard to know what he is feeling, but I can tell it's something. Dr. Al-Zein said that he might be developing some nerve issues from the chemo meds that he has been on the last couple of months. He started him on a new medication for it and also is starting him on physical therapy. The second thing that Dr.Al-Zein talked about was his numbers. He has been watching some of them the last few weeks and they just aren't where he would like to see them. He wants to do another bone morrow next Friday to make sure his bone morrow is clear of leukemia cells. I guess because Elijah is in a high risk category, he wants to pay close attention to this. He ultimately said that he isn't happy with the way his numbers are right now. This makes us very nervous and we are praying that everything is still okay and that he is just trying to break more records (not really). Lets all keep our fingers crossed and prayers are always appreciated!! I'll try to keep everyone updated in the next couple of weeks when we find out anything more. As for our third and newest child, she is awesome. Absolutely adorable and really an easy going baby. I weighed her tonight at the hospital and she is a whopping 8lbs!! She eats great and now that she is a bit bigger, she is starting to sleep a little longer at night. She is still very alert a lot of the time and even smiles a little. I know it seems pretty early for smiles, but she has done it enough to be more than just gas. We are so happy to have her in our family and truly appreciate the opportunity. We love all of our kids so much and feel blessed to have such a great, busy group. Love and thanks to all of those who continue to give us support, you mean the world to us. Love you all!!

5 comments:

Kami Roecker said...

Hi Amanda, Levi, Elijah, Alivia & Tysa! I LOVE your new family photo on the page!!! An adorable family to say the least! :)
Amanda, It was great running into you last night at Blank.....Wish we could have talked longer but of course we didn't want all 10 ice creams to melt! haha! :)
I came to your room at 9:30 but noticed the door shut & lights dimmed--I didn't want to bother you.....maybe I'll try earlier tonight if you're still here!
I think of you guys often & continue to pray for you! I will pray for Elijah's fever to subside & for his counts to normalize. I will pary especially for his bone marrow to be free of leukemic cells!!!!!! I will also pray for Alivia's virus to run its course & start feeling better soon. So sorry you had to take her to the ER & go through that scare.
You & Levi are amazing, positive, & loving parents!!! It's truly incredible!!! I will pray for continued strength!!!
Tysa is sure lucky to have such a wonderful family! That's great Elijah & Alivia are adjusting well! Busy Busy Busy!!! I hope you are keeping up on some sleep & I really hope you guys get to go home soon!
Hugs & Prayers~
Kami

Mark, Holly & Boys said...

First of all, we'll be keeping you guys in our prayers. Hope you're home soon & things come back normal for Elijah with the bone marrow. Secondly - the blog looks great! And, wow - she's 8 pounds now?! Wahoo! Love the new pictures by the way. What a cute family of FIVE :)

Wilson family said...

Hey guys,
Stopped by Blank today around 1 and peeked in your room, but everyone was asleep and looked way too content to wake up. We're thinking about all of you! Natalie, Adam, and Jasper

tmd said...

Call us if you need some assistance. School gets out next Tuesday, and I know two girls who live across the street from you who would dearly love to watch Alivia for you. We noticed it was pretty quiet at your place and stepped up the prayers right away. God bless you all... your neighbors, the Dowds

Melissa said...

Amanda- Hey, wasn't sure how often you checked your email, but the website where I order stuff for Sydney's hair is: www.curls.biz, they are the ones who have the product line for multi-racial babies as well. Talk to you later!