Gavin has yet another antibody infusion this morning. The reason I say yet another is simply because I lost count of where we are.
Anyway, he goes this morning, with Lizze to Akron Children’s Hospital. The infusion takes a few hours and than he will be home once again. It think this may be his 14th or 15th monthly infusion.
For those new to my blog, Gavin suffers from primary immunodeficiency. The antibodies he receives every month via infusion, replace his missing immune system. Gavin’s natural antibody levels are less than half of what they should be. Not only that, but what he does produce is defective, meaning they don’t work.
Every month he receives donor antibodies via IV infusion. He does really well and his body tolerates the foreign antibodies without much problem.
We discovered the immunodeficiency on accident last year. We don’t know for sure whether this is a new system of Gavin continuing health decline or if he was born this way. The immunologist seems to think that he was probably born this way. However, if that’s the case than it’s truly a miracle that Gavin has survived 12 years with no immune system. He has never being seriously ill or hospitalized for an illness that should have been fought off by his immune system.
No one can explain that…..
Either way, we are addressing the issue and he will continue to receive these infusions every month for the rest of his life.