Baraquiel – battle against AML

My cousin Froi Baraquiel R. Guayco 10 yo – diagnosed with AML (like Francis M.)

So many little things in this life that we complain about, even the inconvenience of waiting in queue for getting an MRT card, getting a cab, the itch that just can’t get rid  and just even when things go uncertain, people tends to escape.

My cousin here Bar, together with our family is beginning to battle this AML (undifferentiated type). He was diagnosed with this condition just this month. The truth to the matter is always has this stabbing ache when presented to you but still you have spacing out moments that brings you to the thoughts – are these really true?

Prayers – I truly believe is powerful. Bar would always say to our Tita Lea, “Tita, pray” he would shout this every time he feels something in his body. Last night, his platelet count was very low that he needed to be transfused with Platelet but had to wait for one whole day for the blood due to financial and blood donor reasons. His gums were bleeding as I was sponging him for his 40 deg fever, I knew something was not right. He needed the transfusion right away. His BP and heartrate shoot up, asked him to bite ice tubes and kept on sponging him that made his temp at 30 after 1 hour continuous sponge bath. Finally after waiting for so long the 3 bags platelet concentrate and 1 bag  pRBC came at almost half past 1 in the morning. Bleeding is the most symptomology of this type of leukemia and we know there will be more. But this happening because no available bags of blood for transfusion due to: No available cash to buy from the (blood) bank, No available donor to replace the ones available from the bank, NO cash, NO donor and NO available blood at all. Difficult – yes it is true but we have not gone thru the one month mark yet after the start of his treatments, and looking at this from the other side of the window, I am crying HELP for Bar.

The chemo drugs (cytarabin) has been temporarily stopped due to his infection. He needs to go for antibiotics first then boost blood levels then proceed with chemo again. As of the time of this writing, the blood transfusion (BT) has been given and hopefully his CBC would reveal responsive to the new platelets given. Now, we need the antibiotics for him and he might wait also another day before he receives his next dose. 😦 I know God will make a way. And HE will guide Bar for his battle against this

To my friends and others that will reach this blog, I am asking for your Prayers that there will be people who will help us for blood donation and his immediate needs against this current infection so he can start with his chemo the soonest possible time.

About Mark Guayco

BSN, RN, CEN - A Nurse, a husband, a father, a son and a brother. Born and raised from Quezon City, Philippines and now living on the island of Guam, USA View all posts by Mark Guayco

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