Wednesday, March 3, 2010

IT'S OFFICIAL!


Finally, today we have good new! No actually......GREAT NEWS!


1) Mason is officially on the heart transplant list, as 1B status, here at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. (Here doesn't mean he's in the hospital though.....just on their list. And 1B is second priority level)



2) The IVIg treatments that Mason had last week were successful! Before the treatments Mason had class I antibodies at 0 %, but class II at 86% (the smaller # the better) which included 3 popular binding antigens that would need to be avoided on his listing. Now Mason has 0 antigens that need to be avoided on his listing which opens him up to a much larger donor pool!! Hooray! (They didn't get the actual % of his class I and II, because it is difficult to get an accurate reading of that right after the IVIg treatments.) Mason will need to continue IVIg treatments every 4 weeks while waiting for his heart (and probably after too) to keep his antibody levels down.



Mason is anxious for me to get off the computer, but I want to thank you for ALL your continued prayers on our behalf! We feel soooo loved! I will post soon to let you know how we're doing or with any news. I don't have wifi access where I'm staying so it makes it difficult to post, but we've been coming over to the hospital when we can to use their wifi.



Please pray for the dear donor family also while you pray for Mason.



xoxoxo to our sweet family at home! We love you and miss you extremely!


30 comments:

Kyle and Alli said...

GREAT NEWS!! Let the waiting begin! We are delighted with the good news about antibodies and having a 1B status. I know the coming weeks and months are so unsure, but we continue to pray for strength for everyone....the Strickland clan at home as well as a sweet donor family who will not even know great void they will help to fill despite their own tragedy.

Kristen said...

That is great news! I check in often to follow Mason's journey. You don't know me, but I am a big fan of Miracle Mason and I'm cheering him on :)

The Simmons Family said...

Summer.. I AM THRILLED!!! What a miracle about the antibodies! I have a feeling that his heart is going to come soon. We'll be praying!!!

♥ Michele ♥ said...

YEA!!! A step in the right direction!! We will keep praying for him and your family. Go MIRACLE MASON!

Kristi Vega said...

YAY! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

Steph said...

You don't know me, but we are also a heart family living in Cedar Hills. Found your blog and want you to know we are praying and cheering for you, your cute Mason and your family. God speed!

Kelly said...

The Sobotka's are jumping for Joy - We are so Happy for you. Our prayers will continue to be with you and your family.

Kelly and Stephanie

Mindi said...

Huge, huge step. We are so happy for you. Progress! We think of you and send all our best juju to you daily. Stay strong.

xo,
Mindi and McKay

Jennifer said...

YAY! :) This is such great news...and on my birthday none the less!!! :)

I love Masons 27 month pictures. He is getting handsomer all the time! That is so exciting that he is so close to walking!

Becca said...

Congrats!!! Such exciting news! We are cheering for ya.

Becca and Ellie

Anonymous said...

aloha from aunt bridgette!!! Go MASON!!!!!!!

Andrea Gunnell said...

Wow, that's great news! What a journey it has been to get this far! We will be praying for you and your family. It's so amazing that his anitbodies have gone down to 0!

Stefenie said...

Wonderful news! I am so happy for you guys!

I'll be continuing in my prayers for Mason's gift and also pray for the family that has to make the difficult choice to give life during their time of grief.

Stef, Ryan, Wyatt and Logan
www.whenlifehandsyouabrokenheart.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Great News!! Take good care. If there is anything you and Mason need while in California, please mention on your blog. There are so many of us from coast to coast who would like to be able to assist. Please give Mason a big hug for me.
Love, Prayers, and Friendship.

Kimmie said...

Awesome news! Cheering you on from Utah!

Love your HLHS buddy, Easton!

She Made Mention said...

oh yay! Such great news!!! You are so brave & I know what is like to want to do ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING for your child that you can. SO happy that you have options. SO HAPPY! Love ya Mason...

xoxoxo
Jess

Rebecca said...

You don't know me but I found your blog through Paul Cardall. I just want you to know that you and your sweet Mason and family are in my thoughts and constant prayers! I wish, hope and pray for all the best for your sweet Miracle Mason!

brooks wynn said...

That is wonderful news! We will continue our prayers in Mason's, your family, and the donor family's behalf. This has been quite a journey, thank you for sharing this incredible little boys life with us through your blog! Love & prayers, the Mike & Brooks Wynn Family

Ryan and Hilary said...

We have been out of town without computer access and I just read the great news!!! Congratulations! This is such a huge milestone and a day you will always remember. We are praying for your little miracle man! And for the donor family to have comfort and peace in their hearts. xoxoxoox

Foulgers said...

Yeah!!! I will give your family lots of hugs and kisses. We are going to Utah on Monday until the 18th of March. Go Mason!! I am so happy to see a treadmill there for you. Love you guys.

Foulgers

Angies Support Team said...

You guys don;t know me either, I commented a while ago, but this so awesome! Thank you Jesus! (:

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Munchkin said...

Scott and I could not be more thrilled for you and your family. We will continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless Little Mason and his fight that he has ahead of him. We Love you!

cici said...

What Relief! I bet you feel like 1,000 lbs has been lifted off your shoulders. I will be praying with you every step of the way.
Stay strong little man.

Melanie said...

Congratulations, Mason! We will be praying that God's plans are revealed soon and that your new heart will be full of as much faith as your own. May God also be with the family of the donor, as they will be going through a very difficult time in their lives.

Praise be to God!

Julie said...

Oh my goodness! What a relief!!! I've just been sick to my stomach with everything you've gone through so I'm so happy that you finally have some good news! Yay for little Miracle Mason!!!

Jamie said...

That is the best news I have heard in a long time and an answer to many prayers. So happy for you guys!

Tennessee Simmons Family said...

Mark & Family,
Kendall had told me about Mason's heart problem about a month ago. My family and church have had you guys in our prayers ever since. Our God is an "AWESOME" God and is always in control. We ask "why and when" just about every day of our lives. We don't know God's will, but we have to have Faith in it. We will continue to pray God's healing hand to be upon Mason and comfort and peace for your family.

I am going to put from the "Tennessee Simmons's Family". Which is funny, because I have a daughter named Summer and our last name is Simmons. When I opened the blog I saw an email from "The Simmons Family". I had to check and see if I had already wrote something.Talk about getting caught off guard.

Van Simmons & Family
Tennessee

Shanna said...

That is so neat! I am so happy for you guys... what a blessing from god. You all are continually in my thoughts. i copied and pasted Mason's blog button to my blog. You are an amazing women to be doing what you are doing right now. Mason is a lucky boy to have a mother so loving and so faithful! I will also be praying for the donors family!

best

Shanna

Robin said...

Congratulations! We're praying and cheering for you Mason!