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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Third Time IS a charm!!

Well through multiple emails today with Dr. Markert...we have just received word that Caleb responded to the third tetanus shot. So his immune system is showing signs that it is starting to work!!! Hallelujah!! Per Dr. Markert's testing protocol a 20 fold response is needed; he was slightly under that but better than the control. I was somewhat confused by her response as it sounded pretty good, we just didn't know how good. I was not going to let myself get excited until I heard more. I then responded to her asking her 'can we open the bottle of champagne we have been saving' she quickly responded 'yes, and maybe I'll have a glass of wine myself.' WOW WOW WOW his immune system has started to work. Because his response wasn't up to protocol level he will get another tetanus shot in February along with another batch of blood work in March or April and then we will see how he responds to that tetanus also. She didn't go into much more detail: regarding his isolation precautions, visitors, etc. But we are hoping those details will be expanded upon soon; possibly after the next tetanus shot when he hopefully hits the protocol level. She also said in her last email that she will keep Caleb on those pseudo-immune system infusions until September; then in January of next year she will give another tetanus vaccine to see if he can make antibodies (the other part of his immune system that is the immune system's 'memory', B-cells, that will now need to start working). If he makes antibodies then he will not need the pseudo-immune system infusion anymore. She then went on to say 'we can save another bottle of champagne for that occasion.' So...no, we are not out of the woods, but his immune system is starting to work!! WOOHOOO!

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Dr. Markert and her team!! We love you Aunt Louise!!

God Bless Caleb!!


Jenny said...

OMG I am ecstatic for you guys!!!! That is such great news!! A step in the right direction and I know it is the first of many more to come!! I know you guys are probably beside yourselves!!! This made my day!!! Finally, GOOD NEWS!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!
I hope you enjoyed your champagne ! :)

Love Jenny, Darin and Keira

Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for your text the other day!!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Keep up the good fight Caleb - You are blessed!

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Eva Nichole said...

OMG I AM SO EXCITED!!!! I am so happy for you all and when I watched the video hearing you say the wonderful news made me cry. I have to say if you had called me and told me that I you would have heard me scream for joy for you all!!!
I have to post this on Eva's blog because people have been asking about him almost everyday.
Crystal and Eva

skeybunny said...

Yeah! That is such wonderful news, especially amidst all the issues you have been having with his lines. So exciting :)

Sarah, Jeremy, and Evan

The Fab Ford Fam said...

Praise God!! This is the BEST news. I enjoyed all the videos too. You are an amazing family, and Caleb is so SO special. He melts my heart. I never saw a little boy operate a tool bench like that. :) We love you all, and will continue to pray for Caleb's immunte system and health.

Shane, Hannah, and Ben

The Claytons said...

I have never posted on Caleb's blog but I found his blog through Eva's and I just wanted to tell you congratulations!! OMG... that is such exciting news for your family. GOOOO CALEB!!!!


ps. he is such a cutie. I have a child with charge as well named Christopher... stop by our page sometime :O)

Niki Hill said...

That is awesome news!! I'm so happy for you guys and for Caleb.
Give Caleb a hug from me - he is so adorable! Congratulations!!
Love, Niki