Monday, November 16, 2009
Black and Blue
I learned something today.
Dads who have sons in treatment for Leukemia with poor blood clotting qualities, should not sword-fight, karate chop, wrestle, or allow any other kind of roughhousing the night before a doctor's appointment...even if their son begs for another round or duel.
They should put these things on the instruction manual or something. Somebody should have said something.
Fresh tests today showed Von's platelet counts are really low. Platelets are the blood cells that help your blood clot. You can tell they are low when you get bruises all over your body after a minor blow from a Nerf sword.
A healthy platelet count is 150 to 450. Von's are down to 31 and at 30 they do a mandatory blood transfusion.
So after a few rounds of wrestling and running karate moves and a punch or two to the face last night, Von is looking pretty colorful today.
And yet he still runs around the house and wants to wrestle. Even as I type, he wields a sword and taunts me to an engagement.
Tonight, he has dropped his pants with pride and is showing his sisters all of his many shaped and sized bruises. To each one, the girls respond with a 'ewwww' and gasping air through their teeth in amazement. He loves it!
It looks like we will have to teach this kid how to knit or something.