Hello Everyone!! Just a quick update to this post. We received Sawyer’s labs back late yesterday afternoon and they looked great so we are at the hospital this morning and hopefully this afternoon they will be starting his meds. He should be able to go home by Monday. Have a great weekend!
Going through this process has made us realize how little control we have over anything in our lives. As much as we want to be able to plan, get through this, and move on we are regularly reminded that we are at the mercy of Sawyer’s cancer, something he has no control over. Yesterday we were reminded of that fact again. For those of you who have never been through or have know someone who has gone through this process essentially the stars have to align to begin a cycle of treatment, which was what we thought. Sawyer had been recovering from his last cycle beautifully. He was feeling great, playing and running around, no fevers and his counts have been wonderful, well above the threshold for him to receive his next treatment. So, we prepared all the toys, books, clothing, and everything we would need for this next cycle in the hospital. We went into clinic as though labs would be a formality, Sawyer was feeling great, everything was going to be great. Until it wasn’t. For some unexplained reason (even to the Drs.) yesterday morning Sawyer’s counts decided to drop like a brick. The only explanation we received is that possibly Sawyer caught a small virus that did not register a fever or symptoms but brought his counts down. Now, unfortunately, we are in a holding pattern until his counts return. They will take labs on Thursday and if his counts have come back up they will start his chemo on Friday.
The good new is that Sawyer is feeling good. As soon as, we got home he started playing and running around just like normal. I think the consolation is that Sawyer gets a little extra playtime with Aunt Lisa. We will post an update when Sawyer can return the hospital for his next treatment. Until then prayers, crossed fingers, etc.
Until next time. Thanks for reading as always.
Jen, Jeremy, Sawyer, & Calvin
We have been so blessed with a wonderful outpouring of support for Sawyer and our family as we go through this journey. Especially from the faculty and staff at his school St. Pius X. Last week at drop off the principal, Mr. Dan Flaherty offered to cut his hair in honor of Sawyer and gave him the option of helping. He was a little unsure at first but we told him he was a pro after cutting Daddy and Mommy's hair and after that he thought so too. This morning Calvin and I accompanied Sawyer to school and he helped one of his teachers, Mrs. Chromeck cut Mr. Flaherty’s hair. All the kids really enjoyed it and Sawyer was so happy that Mr. Flaherty was cutting his hair to look like him. Check out the pictures page for some great photos.
Sawyer is doing extremely well this cycle. His counts have remained great. We have not needed to make any extra trips to the hospital for transfusions. We will be going to the hospital on April 16th for his 4th cycle. This will be the last cycle where he will be introduced to new drugs. As always, we will keep you posted with his progress. Please keep Sawyer and our family in your prayers and intentions. Thank you as always for continued support. Until next time.
Jen, Jeremy, Sawyer, & Calvin
We are Jeremy and Jennifer Hunter, the loving parents of Sawyer and Calvin(Sawyer's little brother). We firmly believe that it family always comes first and would like to keep everyone updated through this site and this blog on the treatment and care of Sawyer during his fight against Neuroblastoma.