It's been a busy few days for the Guile family. Christmas was a little more complicated this year. That's okay though, we made the best of it!
Landon's cousins and our family friend Jose came to visit on Christmas Eve, bringing some joy and some presents. It was nice to see everybody moving around...we spend a lot of time just sitting around up here. Then Landon was up bright and early Christmas morning to see what gifts he received from Santa. He's been so brave and strong that everything that was on his Christmas list was under the tree! I think there might be even more waiting for him at home...daddy swears he saw our elf Buddy run down the hallway the other night, and it looked like he was carrying a MAP. I think there might be some fun in store for him when he gets home. Grammy came up to visit on Christmas as well, bringing some yummy food for Christmas dinner.
Landon's brother, Luke, had a fun Christmas too. He hasn't been able to come to the hospital because he's been sick with bronchiolitis, so he couldn't stay with us on Christmas Eve. He spent Christmas with his cousins and Grammy instead. He keeps asking for Landon to come home, looks like he can't wait to see his brother!
Now a bit of pretty good, really great, Christmas wish news...we are going home early!!
Landon has been progressing incredibly well. One of the best indicators of initial recovery is called ANC (Absolute Neutrophil Count). Neutrophils are the white blood cells that fight germs, and without them our bodies cannot fight off even the common cold. The doctors like to see at least 500 for an ANC. Landon was at 0 when he got here. Today...490! As a result of this, our predicted discharge date of January 6th has been moved to Monday, December 30th - one week earlier than we expected. There are still two procedures he has to undergo before we leave (lumbar puncture today, placement of port on Monday), but the appointments are set and home is on the horizon!
Our lead doctor attributed Landon's speedy progress to how Amy and I handled everything that was thrown at us this month. But it wasn't just us...Amy told him that we handled it so well due to the loads of love and support around us. This couldn't be more true. We could concentrate on providing for Landon because the other aspects of our lives were lifted off of our shoulders. Work responsibilities, keeping our "house" in order, making sure Luke was cared for when we couldn't be there, day care, Christmas stuff, the constant stream of cards and gifts from friends, family and strangers; the list could go on and on. It wasn't just us who helped make this happen. So...
...Happy Holidays, and thank you all for making it so much better for us, we couldn't have done it without you.
12/27/2019 12:40:18 pm
Love, love, love the pictures! Neutrophils at 490, Awesome! Can't wait until you can all come home, Luke can't either!
12/27/2019 12:57:42 pm
Our prayers have been answered.....much love...Auntie Sue
12/27/2019 02:53:29 pm
That is awesome news. Keep fighting and being brave!
Aunt Joanne and Uncle Bruce Cuilla
12/27/2019 03:15:31 pm
prayers are being answered and will continue on. God bless all of you.
12/27/2019 03:17:58 pm
Awesome news! Glad to see you had a Merry Christmas. Sending my love and prayers
Lori and David MacDonald
12/27/2019 03:26:56 pm
Wonderful news. I think Landon looks like a mini Tim Guile
12/27/2019 04:52:55 pm
Yes he does not that you mention it Lori, I think it's because of the longer hair.
12/27/2019 04:58:14 pm
12/27/2019 09:49:23 pm
Wow! This is great news!! Merry Christmas!!
12/27/2019 10:16:54 pm
Best Christmas gift in the world!! So happy for you all!!
12/28/2019 10:07:52 am
We are so happy to hear such great news! You all have been in our prayers every night. Thank you for the updates-wishing you smooth sailing home for the 30th! Keep fighting, Landon!!!
12/28/2019 01:00:04 pm
Wonderful news!! Continued thoughts and prayers for a happy, healthy new year.
12/28/2019 02:23:43 pm
That is wonderful news Amy! We will continue to pray for Ladon!
12/29/2019 10:05:13 am
What great news! Being home will be good for all of you. Onto the New Year with many wishes of strength, happiness, and continued love and support!
12/29/2019 02:37:19 pm
Hannah went to little skippers with Landon. She will be happy to hear this good news. You and mom and Dad keep doing what you need to do, the rest of us will continue with the prayers- together you got this. May 2020 bring you healing and health
12/29/2019 06:48:20 pm
A Christmas miracle for the Gully family and I think its GREAT because ain’t no family more deserving than you guys. Landon is not only lucky to get his miracle, he is also a lucky little boy because he was blessed to be given you both for parents 😉. Great job Landon for being as STRONG as you are and for showing no mercy to the illness that made you sick in the first place 👏👏👏💪🏻. Stay strong and stay well but most importantly GOD BLESS you always WELL DONE BRAVE BOY👻👻👻
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I'm Landon's daddy. I'm super amazed at how strong and brave he is, and you should be too!