Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Line for Cody

Cody had surgery today since one of his lines had a crack in it which cause a lot of bleeding. The doctor replaced his line and his shunt. Cody came out of surgery a little while ago and he was doing good. Cody is starting to lose his hair. It is slowly falling out.

The Auburn PTO is having a Spaghetti Supper the week before school vacation. More details to follow.. Again thank you to so many people who keep holding Cody and his family in their prayers. It is so difficult on Shannon and Dana. The hospital staff is so supportive which is a big help..

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Phase One Completed

We had a good turn out for our fundraiser at Spare time..It's so unbelievable how much people care that don't even know Cody. Ex: one lady won the 50/50 then turned around and gave it to The Cody Trust Fund.The posters and brochures came out so nicely. They really show how precious this little boy is. As a whole so many people are so caring and sympathetic. We had a very good day..

Cody has finished his first round of chemo..Cody will have around three weeks of rest before the doctors does phase two of chemo. Cody looks so much better..His eyes aren't red and he has lost some of the swelling and puffiness that he had. Hopefully with lots of prayers Cody will continue to get better. He is in one of the best hospitals that he could be in. The doctors and staff there are wonderful.. Thank you so much to all of the friends and people that supported Cody, Shanon and Dana..I know they appreciate so much...

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Well most of you probably already know that we are having a fundraiser on Saturday 1/26/07 at Spare Time Recreation. It's from 11-4. There is a bowling tournament going on and we are going to be there raising money for Cody..Please pass the word along to anyone who wants to stop by. It's a good start to raising money for Shannon, Dana and Cody. Hope to see many of you there.

Cody was given platelets yesterday. The doctor also took out one of his lines as he didn't need it at this time..Barb said that his eyes look so much better...

The school PTO is going to put on a Spaghetti Dinner for Cody in the near future..I don't have dates yet...Continue to pray for Cody and his family..They need all the love and support that we can give them.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

8th Day of Chemo

Cody has had 8 days of chemo. He has two more days to go for phase one. The doctors also gave him a blood transfusion yesterday. Because of all the liquids and chemo he goes through lots and lots of clothes. He usually goes through 7-8 jammies a day. He tends to retains some fluids thus he has some swelling. He needs loose clothing so it doesn't bother his shunt which is for the chemo treatments.

Cody is weary of anyone who walks through the door. If he doesn't know you he thinks you are there to poke and prod him.

Shannon tries to keep her spirits up but it is so difficult. Cody turns 11 months in two days. He is still active as he is crawling and standing. The floor is very slippery so Cody needs socks that have grippers on them.

We want to thank all the different people who have offered to get PJ's, socks and other things for Cody. It is so much appreciated by everyone. Thanks a million to all of Cody's angels and friends out there. It is so amazing how much people care that don't even know Cody.

Please continue to pray for Cody and his family. We will try to keep everyone updated and posted on how Cody is doing.

Update on Cody

Cody is such a little trooper. As far as Leukemia is concerned there are two kinds you could have , ALL or AML, Aml being the worse of the two.They did find out that Cody does indeed have AML....., the prognosis for children Cody's age is not good, for children 1-4 yrs old with AML they have a 23% survival rate.

Phase 1 is the first round of chemo.which started today. They will do 10 treatments in 1 month. Then they will stop and do another test and see what his count is.If there are still cancer cells they will wait a bit and then begin Phase 2 which is the 2nd round of chemo, 10 treatments for another month, stop , test again, and do Phase 3 if needed which is another round of chemo. After Phase 3 is when the decision would be made if he would need to have a bone marrow transplant.

He is scheduled to be in the hospital for the next 6 weeks, but it could be up to 6 months. Because his immune system would be down, he is likely to catch many things, but it would not be from others necessarily , but from himself and the bacteria that his own body creates, he won';t be able to fight them. His blood type is O+ and they are looking into what can be done to have people tested as possible donors for the bone marrow if needed.

A normal child/ person should have a white blood cell count around 7500, when Cody went into the hospital for testing his count was at 70, by Tuesday his white blood cell count was at 125.The good piece of news was that when they did his spinal test there were no cancer cells found there so that means there is no cancer in his organs or body cells, so that is good.

Please continue to pray for Cody and his family. It's so hard to imagine such a little guy fighting for his life..I will have a picture tomorrow and will post it so you have a picture of him when you pray for him. Thanks so much for all of your prayers..

Prayers for Cody

I want to ask all of you if you would pray for a little baby who has been diagnose with Leukemia. Cody Oldham is 10 1/2 months old. He is a first baby to Shannon and Dana Oldham. They are taking this real hard.Cody hasn't been feeling well for quite some time. Shannon his Mom had to take him to the emergency room ...They finally diagnosed him with Leukemia.

They are to be back at the hospital for 9am Monday morning. They will be doing the bone marrow test at that time and will get results on Tuesday as to what kind of Leukemia it is and what stage it is at. Once they know this they will begin the first round of chemotherapy for 6 weeks. There is a possibility that Cody could not return home for 6months once they begin. It is very serious when an infant of Cody's age gets Leukemia. They do not know how long he has had it and the doctor said it would be pretty difficult to determine that.

The doctor said he has a 50/50 chance at this point.It sounds like the doctor is very honest and forthright with them. The doctor told them that the test will be sent to New Mexico and Maryland-to John Hopkins for results. The Barbara Bush hospital in Portland works hand in hand with St. Jude, John Hopkins and Dana Farber providing the same treatment that they do at their facilities so Cody is in great care there and the doctor said if he felt they needed to be elsewhere he would send them.

The swelling around Cody's eyes and his full body rash have most likely been caused by the amoxocylin they had given for his sinus infection last week. He is no longer on meds for that as they will not help. His belly is tender in spots, his face hurts as well to touch, they noticed some swelling in his legs along the sock line, so there are symptoms appearing and as the doctor gave them more possible symptoms of Leukemia, they were able to connect a few , like his excessive sweating and easy bruising, etc...There are two possible types of Leukemia, one much worse than the we'll keep praying for the best possible outcome in this situation.So please, please keep them in your prayers.

He is such a sweet and adorable little baby boy. So please pray for Cody and his family and the doctors.