Where have we been? Well thankfully, we’ve had little bad news to report, and for some reason remembering to report the good falls by the way at times.
Zoe has been doing great. She continues to progress toward weaning her remaining meds, which at this point are her tacrolimus (.6ml) and hydrocortisone (1.0ml) twice daily. She has very dry skin and rashes some days, other days is perfectly normal, but the worst of it for us remains the rashiness. Could be far, far worse, and we’re grateful for where we are and how far we’ve come.
Our only scare since the last update was a high fever incident, attributed to an unknown virus “going around”. Zoe had a bad night one night as kids do when they’ve caught something, but this time we were able to get a 104° temp at home. At that point we felt it was safest to head into the hospital.
Zoe spent about 24 hours in-patient to be monitored, but her fever broke fairly quickly the next day, and we were sent home. Scary, but we’re taking it as another sign that she is doing well to fend something like that off.
Beyond that, in the recent months Zoe has remained in preschool steadily two days a week, only missing occasional classes to fend off a cold. She’s fought off several mysterious cold-like events on her own. She also turned two and had a birthday with her first real party with her preschool classmates and her sister’s friends, which was a blast.
Our only other HLH related news to report is that we were contacted recently by CCH regarding the particular genetic variation that they believe was the cause of Zoe’s HLH. We are still waiting to hear more about the request, and I may have more to share later, but the gist is that they believe they’ve made progress toward being able to more confidently diagnose kids with this variation. This could help those coming along to have more surety in knowing if a transplant is needed, so we’re hopeful it represents progress in some way. More on that when we have it.
In other news, as a Christmas gift to Michelle (and the girls), I commissioned a painting by Michelle’s favorite local artist, Stephen White. It was intended to be a commemoration for Zoe (and all of us) having survived this horrible disease, and a reminder of how close it has brought us.
We continue to hear from and about other children who are struggling to survivie HLH, and our hearts go out to them. It is our hope that Zoe’s story can be one of many survivial stories going forward, and that in some small way she offers hope to those now embarking on this journey.