Little Mathew is on a ventilator in intensive care after suffering a sub-arachnoid bleed. I believe that a shunt was placed to drain blood from the brain but it clotted and had to be replaced. He is now responsive though which is a very good thing but please keep those good vibes and thoughts flowing to Mathew and his family.
The Gliddons were among the first people we met after Scotty's diagnosis and were so kind and compassionate. Such a good family. I remember hoping that some day Scott would be as well as Mathew, with his pink cheeks, a head full of shiny hair and much of his treatment under his belt. How naive of me. Leukemia is a cruel and heartless bitch and can turn on its head in just a moment. For those of us in our little 'leukemia community' what has happened to Mathew scares the living daylights out of us, it only re-inforces what we already know. No peace, no rest, no end to the 'what if it comes back?' This is not the first relapse we have seen but the fierceness of it has been heartbreaking. We lost Britney only recently and can only watch as Logan, Neffy and Devon fight this monster yet again.
I believe Mathew will turn a corner soon though and get back on the road to transplant and cure. That is the other thing I have learned, yes leukemia and all its side effects can bite you hard, but damn, these kids can sure bite back!
We love you little Mathew.