Brock Rocks

March 18, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 2:12 pm

Yay!  We’re coming home today.  Here’s the latest update, bullet-style.

– CT scan showed no pneumonia
– they don’t look great, but they look good for Brock.  about the same as the last scan

– the GI team is running some tests (looking for protein in his urine or stools) and is going to follow up with us through clinic.
– they might do some type of 24-hour scope/study to evaluate his reflux and see how bad it really is.  they’re thinking that if we can feed him through his stomach instead of his small intestine that it might help with the diarrhea.  but before we can do that we need to know exactly how bad the reflux is.

– we’re going to see the opthamologist on Tuesday for a routine check of the fungal infection in his eyes, but we’re also going to talk to them about the head tilting thing.  it seems like blurred or double vision is the most likely culprit.

Prayer Requests (besides the things above):
– Brock’s platelet count has been dropping.  It was 140+ on Monday and it was in the 40s today.  (150+ is a normal range and he gets a platelet transfusion for anything less than 20).  It’s not unusual for your platelet count to drop while on chemo, but it’s rather concerning to us because Brock has had problems in the past with his platelet count taking FOREVER to recover.  He had 40 platelet transfusions in about 2.5 months.  The doctors were concerned at one point (in Nov/Dec) that it might never recover (which would be a very, very bad thing).  So in short, pray that his body starts making platelets soon.
– We meet with his primary oncologist on Wednesday to discuss the next round of treatment.  His protocol calls for him to get some drugs similar to what he got in the very beginning.  The concern is whether or not his body will be able to handle those drugs and fight the fungal infection at the same time.  It’s a very delicate balancing act.  Please pray for wisdom for the doctors and for peace of mind for us.

Thank you for praying with us.  We love you!


  1. Hart Family, I am so glad that you are under one roof again! My prayers are with you as God continues to heal this precious little boy.


    Comment by Linda Heikkila — March 18, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

  2. Praying for healing, platelets, wisdom, understanding, and sending loads of hugs your way. Love, Tanni

    Comment by Tanni — March 18, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

  3. We are praying so hard for your family. You are in our hearts and prayers always. It is so good to hear Brock can return home!!!

    Comment by ashlye goodner — March 18, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

  4. Hello…I was just wondering if some blood has more platelets in it than others…Does blood with more platelets in it help Brock to produce more platelets of his own, or does it just help momentarily? I am only asking because I think I have a blood type with a high platelet count and if I thought that it would help Brock for one second or one day or even possible help with the production or stimulation of his own platelets, I would give him all of mine and find some “new blood” some where else. I mean no disrespect with my questions, truly I am just wondering and trying to wrap my head around the situation. Thanks for keeping everyone posted.

    Comment by Tracy — March 18, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

    • Unfortunately, any platelets that he receives through transfusion are a temporary fix – they don’t help him make them on his own. Platelets are formed in the bone marrow and it’s something that his body has to do by itself. Thank you, though!

      Comment by Vanessa — March 18, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

  5. We are happy to hear Brock is in the comfort of his home. We are still praying hard for little man, as well as Oaklee. He says a special prayer for him nightly and though he’s never met Brock he knows who he is by pictures. Lots of love and hugs.

    Comment by Chris, Lindsey & Oaklee Wren — March 18, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

  6. We are, and have been, praying right along with you guys.

    Comment by Ashley Nichols — March 19, 2010 @ 9:16 am

  7. To you dear parents, Baby Brock has been part of my prayer list for a while and i look foward to his reports. May Our Lord the great healer be with him and you as you attened to his needs. I am so glad to hear he is home. continuing in prayer for that speceal boy. Love to you all. Blanche

    Comment by Blanche Grace — March 19, 2010 @ 11:33 am

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