Brock Rocks

May 8, 2010

sat morning update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 10:01 am

It’s amazing what a little information and explanation can do to help ease the mind!  We saw a different doctor today (not the cardiologists – they never came by) who shed some light on the new heart issues.

– The echo from yesterday looked ok, from what they could tell.  Thank you, God!   Admittedly, it wasn’t a very good scan because Brock was so aggitated and uncooperative.  So there could be something there that we’re missing but the parts that they did see looked ok.

– The hem/onc team talked with the cardiologists who, from what I can tell, aren’t too worried about the whole thing.  The fact that his heart rate goes back up on its own after it’s dropped is a good sign.  He still has strong pulses in his feet, which is another good sign.  His blood pressure has been ok.  All answers to prayer.

– The oncologists that I talked to today (who is not the same one we’ve been ‘talking’ to all week) said that she thinks the heart rate weirdness might be caused by a nerve (vagus nerve maybe?) that affects the heart but also runs along the esophagus that is being irritated by Brock’s reflux.  Makes sense to me, since he’s just recently started eating things by mouth.  His stomach has gone essentially unused for 6 months (his feeding tube bypasses his stomach and goes to his small intestines).  The fact that his heartrate only drops drastically when he’s sleeping (and therefore lying down, causing the reflux to be worse) also seems to line up with that theory.

– She did not think the heart rate issue was caused from the chemo he got a few days ago (doxorubicin, which is nicknamed the ‘red devil’ because of the heart toxcitiy it can cause).  She said problems with doxorubicin usually present themselves as an abnormally high heart rate because the heart isn’t pumping efficiently and so it tries to compensate.  It also usually presents with a low blood pressure and weak pulse, which thankfully, he hasn’t had.

– There are other minor things going on too.  His potassium is a little out of balance; we’ve switched his formula for various reasons and he’s not tolerating it.  I’m sure all of those things will get worked out soon.

– His hemaglobin was down a little today, but not enough to transfuse.  His platelets went up to 30 (but that’s still very low).  His AGC is up to 400!  Praise the Lord!

Keep praying!  God is answering!


  1. Praise the Lord for every little bit of good news! So glad to hear that you’re getting some explanation for the heart issues. I am praying for Brock and your family as always. Vanessa, on this mother’s day please know that you are such an inspiration to other mothers, even to complete strangers like myself! God Bless you!

    Comment by Katie Niles — May 8, 2010 @ 10:33 am

  2. Glad to hear all the good reports, we will continue to pray. We are familiar with the vegus nerve. It runs pretty much mid-line up through the forehead. Hunter has heart issues and that is one thing we had to learn about.

    Comment by Melanie — May 8, 2010 @ 10:57 am

  3. Ok, we’ll keep praying harder than we have been. May God hold all of you in the palm of his hand and give you hope and peace.

    Comment by Susan Lytton — May 8, 2010 @ 12:00 pm


    Comment by ESMERALDA — May 8, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

  5. All good news! Happy Mother’s Day to one incredible Vanessa!!! Love you!

    Comment by Tanni — May 8, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

  6. Praise the Lord, things seem better today. Praise the Lord for answered prayers! Praise the Lord, Jaycie and Brock have such a devoted Christian Mother! I am very proud of you, Vanessa, and will continue to pray for your family.
    Love Aunt Connie

    Comment by Connie Huffmon — May 8, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

  7. Dear Vanessa,
    Yes, God is answering and we are so thankful for any positive reports. And we continue to pray. I hope you have a blessed Mother’s Day!
    Love, Susie
    (p.s. I sent you and e-mail, but I sent it to your “teacher” address — not sure if that’s the right one 🙂

    Comment by Susie — May 9, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    • Thank you! I haven’t checked that email in awhile so I’ll go look.

      Comment by Vanessa — May 10, 2010 @ 7:58 am

  8. The troops are still storming the prayer room for ya’ll.

    Comment by Linda Heikkila — May 10, 2010 @ 7:19 am

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