Pray for Michael Rankin
On December 28, 2012, a precious young boy, Michael Rankin, was diagnosed with leukemia. At only 8 years old Michael is currently hospitalized and undergoing chemo to fight leukemia. Before learning that Michael had leukemia, Michael's life was devoted to wrestling, soccer and swimming. Anyone who knows Michael knows that there is no other option, but to win this battle as he would win on the wrestling mat. As we all know treatment for cancer is very expensive and the doctors have said it may take 3 years before the treatmant can end. As a close family friend this page has been created to show support and let Michael know he is not alone in this battle! On behalf of the Rankin family I would like to thank everyone who has donated already. Fight for Michael! <3
If anyone would like to donate baskets or gifts for the "Fight for Michael gift auction" please contact us asap firstname.lastname@example.org. We are trying to collect the gifts by March 1 so we can start getting things ready for April 11. Thank you for your continued support !!
Tuesday February 5 Day 34 Climb aboard the roller coaster to recovery. Michael wasn't able to shake the fever last night and had to return to the hospital at 1130 pm due to the fever and another bloody nose. Five hours later he was admitted again and was given a room back in the pediatric unit. Diagnosis: pneumonia. He will remain at the hospital through at least Thursday when he is scheduled for his next procedure.
Monday Day 33 Well, today was a "not so good day." Michael developed a slight fever and a couple bloody noses overnight which resulted in a trip to the hospital. The good news was that it was not serious and he didn't need any transfusions. The bad news was that he spent a few hours at the Valerie Center today and must return again tomorrow for antibiotics. This is in addition to his two scheduled visits this week on Wednesday and Thursday. Other good news received today was that he is showing no Leukemic "blasts" in his blood at this point and his counts are good.
Sunday Day 32 Michael's day was rather uneventful as he slept in following a late night watching the Aldo/Edgar fight. Unfortunately Frankie wasn't able to bring the championship belt back to Toms River, but he once again proved himself to be "pound for pound" the toughest fighter in the UFC. Frankie, like Michael, is a warrior! He will always be the champ. Michael spent the day resting and eating. No real complaints today. He lounged around the house the way you should on a cold, snowy winter Sunday. Michael prepared himself for today's Super Bowl game between Baltimore and San Francisco.
Saturday Day 31 Michael had another good day today with only the same minor issues (achy legs, fatigue). His appetite is still great. Otherwise, not much to report.
February 1 Treatment Day 30 From here forward, we will eliminate the word "Treatment" from our heading. It will just give the day number. Today was a good day for Michael although it was boring, but boring is good for someone with Michael's illness. It means that nothing of concern is going on and it actually means "good." He is off the Dexamethason (steroid) now but it will take his body a while to adjust. He still has a hearty appetite. Minor complaints include the mouth sore and leg achiness. Michael is constantly asking for leg massages.
January 31 Treatment Day 29 Michael returned to the Valerie Center today for a scheduled procedure. He had another lumbar puncture and received a dose of chemo in his spine. Additionally, he had another bone marrow biopsy in his hip. This was a very important day in his treatment schedule. Day 29 of the "Induction Phase" is the last day given satisfactory test results. At this point it appears as that Michael has aced it and will now move on to Phase II, "Consolidation." This means that some of his meds will be changed. No more of those nasty steroids for a while. His appetite and weight will begin to decrease. Great day!
Pray for Michael Rankin January 30 Treatment Day 28 Michael returned to the Valerie Center today for a scheduled visit which included a check-up and bloodwork. The blood work was necessary to check his counts in order to determine if a transfusion would be necessary prior to his procedure tomorrow. His counts came back good and he was told to go home. His doctor gave him an "A" on his report card. Next stop, lunch. Today's choice was Outback. Michael opted for the Shirimp on the Barbie along with the cream of onion soup. Great choices.
January 29 Treatment Day 27 Michael had another great day today. A minor issue involved him getting sores inside his mouth. This is another side effect of the medication, but as you can tell by the picture, it didn't prevent him from feeding his appetite. I believe he ate about ten meals in a 24 hour period. I'm not kidding. Michael returns to the Valerie Center tomorrow for the first of (hopefully) the final two days of this phase.
January 28 Treatment Day 26 Today was another great day. Absolutely no issues. This was possibly Michaels best day since his treatment began. Cross your fingers, knock on wood! Michael did, however, begin his home instruction today. He will be receiving 10 hours of home instruction per week.
January 27 Treatment Day 25 Michael's day went well today with no real issues (just a little more hair loss).
January 26 Treatment Day 24 Michael had another good day today. The only newsworthy item is that his hair is beginning to fall out. He was eating lunch today and found several of his hairs in his food. He took it in stride as he has been prepared for this day.
January 25 Treatment Day 23 Michael had a good night 's sleep followed by a good day in general. He did have a minor incident that resulted in a trip to the Valerie Center, but he was seen and released after a short while. Unfortunately, given his condition, anything out of the norm requires a trip to the hospital. That means ANYTHING.
January 24 Treatment Day 22 Before anyone starts looking for Day 21, we must apologize. Our count has been off so we corrected it. Today was day 22. Great day today! Michael went to the Valerie Center and received his dose of chemo. Unlike last week, he was in and out in 2 1/2 hours. The doctors are very pleased with Michael's progress. His treatments are working as expected especially with his platelet counts. On the way home from the hospital Michael asked, "Dad, I'm doing good, right?" Dad's reply, "No Michael. You are doing great."
January 23 Treatment Day 20 Michael did something different today. He ate....a lot! Actually, he had a great day with no issues to report. His spirits are still up and so is his weight. He's tipping the scales at 68 lbs. Tomorrow morning he wil...l return to the Valerie Center for another dose of chemo. Hopefully his stay will be rather short.
January 22 Treatment Day 19 Although Michael continues to do well, he is beginning to slow down. The weight gain due to his medications is quite obvious. He still has a good appetite and his spirits are great. He is handling everything like a ch...amp! He is very strong-minded and continues to be upbeat. Two more days before he returns to the hospital for another dose of chemo.
January 21 Treatment Day 18 Don't want to sound like a broken record, but everything is status quo regarding Michael, which is a good thing. Today he ate, slept, played, and did homework. Did I mention that he ate?
January 20 Treatment Day 17 Although Michael had another uneventful day, we are starting to see some of the side effects of his treatment. He complains of various pains, has occasional mood swings, occasional nausea, and noticeable weight gain (The... MR 60 may soon be changing to MR 65.) He is scheduled to remain home until Thursday when he returns to the Valerie Center for treatment.
January 19 Treatment Day 16 Once again, Michael had an uneventful day as he enjoyed the familiar surroundings of his own home. Priorities included food, play, food, sleep, and more food. I'm jealous! No issues.
January 18 Treatment Day 15 Today marks the halfway point of Michael's first month of treatment known as the "Induction Phase." It is during this phase that his body is being overloaded with medications to kill off the bad blood cells. Unfortunael...y his good cells are being killed off as well. This is the normal procedure in hopes that the bad cells don't return and the good cells continue to produce so that he may return to his healthy, normal self. Michael had a good day today. He spent the day hangin' around the house, doing homework, and eating. Uneventful in terms of his illness/recovery. He enjoys being home again and was happy not having to go back to the hospital after the previous two long days.