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August, 2010

Baraquiel – battle against AML

By on August 29, 2010

 

 

I appeal to the good souls of everyone to help my 10 yo cousin having same ailment as Francis M (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) Now admitted at PCMC Hematalogy and Cancer ward 1A, his name is Froi Baraquiel Guayco.

His 1st round of chemo-therapy has been discontinued for the mean time due to infection and low platelet count.

Need blood donors to help this little angel to fight this AML

Baraquiel – battle against AML

By on August 28, 2010

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.

AML just like FM

By on August 19, 2010

Case: AML – Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

It is a type of Leukemia  of the myeloid line of the blood cells as characterized by abnormal growth of WBC – white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow which hinders the production of healthy normal blood cells.

For the past days I have tried to read articles, blogs and read from my nursing books all the things about Leukemia and specifically about this AML. This type of cancer is popularly known from last year as this is the exact type of Leukemia that inflicted the Philippine’s Master Rapper – Francis M.

There was never a thorough discussion of Hematologic disorders back when I was in nursing school and so I needed all the readings that I can do to be well equipped with the real deal of this case.

It has been more than a month since I posted my last entry here. So many things have happened within just one month. There goes my 25th birthday, few other birthdays of friends and relatives – happy events. Reason to celebrate of another year of gift of life. Within the span of one month there are also things that we need to learn to accept. My cousin, a 10 year old boy named Baraquiel (named after angel barachiel) has just been diagnosed with the very same type of Leukemia AML.

References I have read and websites have said that AML is most common among adults and is much tougher to beat as compare to the other type which is the ALL – acute lymphloblastic leukemia. I have read Francis M’s happy battle and also Mr. Brokenman a filipino wordpress blogger and they have shared battles in fighting this AML. As we all know one of them have lost the battle though as he said it was a happy battle. I just can’t imagine those painful experience they have gone through will be the same agony my cousin Baraquiel will experience too.

My cousin lost her mother last April 2006 – he was only 6 at that time. His dad, my father’s brother is a tricycle driver and have not actually finished high school and so my Tita Leah the only sister of my father is the one who have cared and treated Bar as her own child since my tita doesn’t have any children at all.

Whew. That was heavy to unload. And there will be more entries that I will post about Bar’s battle to inspire others, for leukemia awareness and possibly for fund raising (I am working on a project about a blog for this).

Bar: Kuya Mark, bakit ako hihinto ng pag-aaral? Gusto ko makatapos, gusto ko maging chef! Pano yung grade 3 lang ako, ayoko naman nun.

My heart almost crushed right after he asked this direct statement because I know I just couldn’t give a direct answer to it.

Bar had his very first round of Chemo – Cytarabine 6mg/day. Will post soon Bar’s battle towards AML just like FM but this time it’s a 10 yo who has just started his own fight against AML.