Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Roller Coaster

I've decided that Matthew's ITP will be like a very long roller coaster ride.  Up and down. Up and down.  

Six weeks ago we were in the hospital.  When we were admitted his platelets were at 1.  Upon discharge they were at 22.  Two days later, they were at 241.

And then began the descent; 91, 61, and 21.  

The hematologist felt like we should treat him again.  The treatments don't actually treat the problem because Matthew's body just has to figure it out on its own.  What is does is trick the body into attacking the red blood cells.  As long as the medication is in the blood stream the body is so busy with that, it leaves the platelets alone.  That is why his platelet count goes up.  

Yesterday, I took him in for his second treatment.  It went really well.  In the hospital he had some side effects from the medication.  But yesterday he didn't have any.  He feels great and doesn't get that he has to be careful.  It is a pain to have so many doctor's appointment and Matthew doesn't like to get poked.  They only have to prick his finger and take a few drops to run the test, so it isn't too intrusive.  Matthew is a flirt and beyond the pokes I think he likes going to the doctor and getting all that attention from the nurses, residents, and doctors.

We see the hematologist on Tuesday and I'm sure we will be on our way up again.  

I'm hoping the ride ends soon.  In 75% of cases it takes about 6 months, so we may be riding until January.  

Friday, August 28, 2009

Welcome to the World Zachary

Introducing the newest member of the Yeager Family Zachary Owen.  We are so happy you are here.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Oh What Do You Do In The Summer Time?

Here is what we do.

Ride Bikes

Go to The Museum

And drive around ALOT.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Holden!

How do you spend your Sixth Birthday?

First you have your special birthday.  This years menu included deviled eggs, toast. bacon, and pancakes.

Then you head to six flags with your brothers and good friend, Gavin.  

They also give you a free ice cream cone!

And on your birthday you get a free game!  Oh what fun!

We met up with the Yeagers as well.
It was all so much fun, that we wore Matthew out.
Finally you finish it all off with a trip to McDonalds to open presents and have a Happy Meal.

It is good to be Six.

Friday, August 7, 2009


This summer we lost some really good friends.  The Butter moved to California in May.  

We will miss you.  And although we are sad that you left us, we wish you happiness in your new home.  
Thanks for being an important part of our lives.  

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Chesterfield Gorge

About 45 minutes from our house is the Chesterfield Gorge.  The Gorge was formed over millions of years by the Westfield River, with some help from glaciers.  We hike a little and then play in the river.  Here are lots of pictures of our day trip.