The good news and the bad news

The lump on my son’s head appears to be getting smaller and the doctor thinks that it may be a boil or cyst that requires no further treament.


Now the not so good news….the doctor is concerned about the blood test results…she said that Wonderboy has a borderline Iron deficiency, but more troubling still is that the tests revealed he has an abnormal amount of red blood cells in his body.

The doctor explained that this could mean that he was born with an abnormal amount of red blood cells, or more worrying, that there is an underlying cause for him now having more red blood cells than he should have.

So Wonderboy has to have another blood test in three weeks and if it is still the case that the bloods are causing concern, she will refer us to the hospital, more specifically, to a haematologist who specialises in blood disorders.

Well, I’ve googled ‘raised red blood cell count’ and the worst case scenario is about as gloomy as it can get, so I’m praying that this is something else, something that isn’t sinister.

The doctor says it could be something like polycythaemia, but that it is rare in people under 60 years of age….my son is only 12….still we have a long way to go before anything is confirmed.

Now there’s another month of waiting, and googling and worrying to come….y’know, when I asked God for an increase in patience, I really wasn’t expecting him to have me develop it quite like this…

Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers, may I please ask you to continue to hold Wonderboy in prayer until his blood problems are diagnosed or have gone altogether?

God Bless you

p.s. Have any of you ever had any experience of having too many red blood cells, I wonder?

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14 Responses to The good news and the bad news

  1. Melanie says:

    I have been meaning to comment & ask how your boy was doing. I’m glad the lump seems to be resolving itself, and we’ll pray that the blood cell count does the same!

  2. mimima says:

    Oh my goodness, Thanks be to God on the lump, but yikes on the red blood cells.

    I don’t have any experience, but be assured of my continued prayers.

  3. Rosemary says:

    Don’t know about that one, but when my personal R.N. (Anne )stops by I will ask her. SO glad the bump is going away. The blood count will probably normalize too. We’ll keep praying.

  4. Suzanne says:

    No, I am not familiar. How is everything else with him?
    Does he feel okay…about the same as he always has?
    Is there anything different than say even 6 mos. or a year ago? Does he stay relatively healthy? Maybe others will have ideas I know nothing of, but don’t fret…prayers are here for you. Today is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. 🙂 Hugs! Let peace come..don’t fight peace that’s longing to hold onto you. 🙂
    Love and prayers….ALLLLLLLLLLL your friends and me too! Suz

  5. mum6kids says:

    Gosh Deb. I’ll say some prayers. May God bless you both.

  6. sometimes google isn’t a blessing – praying that you find God’s peace in this storm …

  7. Renee says:

    I would say DON’T GOOGLE this any more. Wait until things are more known. The biggest challenge in all this is not going worst case scenario. I know things just won’t feel right until this is resolved, but in the mean time keep your days as much like normal as possible and know you are in lots of people’s prayers!

    Love to you!

  8. pokankuni says:

    I’ll keep praying for your son and for you. Hugs!

  9. Gabrielle says:

    I agree 100% with the “no more googling”, Deb. Your “little one” is in my prayers, with a special intention this Sunday.

  10. Moni says:

    As a nurse I would say: it could be a lot of different things Deb, it really needs more testing and looking at his specific situation to come to a diagnosis.
    Try to find some peace in this stormy situation, stay connected to He Who is All, and know that I am keeping you all in my prayers.
    Blessings of peace and all things good to you and yours.

  11. tom says:

    I shall keep your dear son in my prayers. Please keep us all up dated as to what new information you come across.

    I know. The wait is excrutiating.


  12. Suzanne says:

    I prayed for Wonderboy, you, and Alexa at Adoration last evening (First Friday). I love that purty lil picture of yourself on here. 🙂 Hugs!

  13. Carol says:

    Well, from what I know, everything in an adolescent’s body is in flux/quirky, and as has been mentioned, his rbc count may’ve always been more than normal. My mother always tested positive for tuberculosis but never had it (to her knowledge), and my iron level looks ridiculously high to all med personnel, but it’s been that way since I was little. My cousin has horrendously high bp (she’s on meds), but it was always high and she lives with it fine up until those days when someone reads it and doesn’t want to let her leave the doc’s office. My husband’s bp gives docs the shivers, but he hates meds and shuns docs and 7 years later, he’s fine.

    But even if it’s polycythaemia, and I’d guess it most certainly is not, it’s treatable and one lives fairly normally with it. My cousin’s husband developed it, and he’s doing just fine. Initially they began drawing off blood regularly, and ultimately they put him on some middle-of-the-road anti-cancer meds that work beautifully. He gets up and does everything he always did, and feels fine.

    I’ll certainly keep Wonderboy in prayer, but I think it’s all going to be alright. ((((hugs for you))))

  14. ukok says:

    Thanks all for your wise and comforting words…you are all so right that I should knock the google searches on the head…oh my goodness, there’s some scary posibilities out there.

    Carol, thanks for sharing about your cousins husband’s blood disorder, i’m sorry for his having the illness, but for me it is good to know that he is getting on with his life …so much of what I have read seems to give a short life span prognosis after diagnosis….I keep thinking, this just can’t be right…

    Hell, maye they got my boys bloods mixed up with someone elses….that’s what the next blood test is for, right?

    Once again, thanks everybody..especially for your continued prayers!

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