DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
Leukemia in the FamilyFrederick Hecht, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
(This Doctor's View was written by one of MedicineNet.com's Medical Editors, who is a grandfather, father, and doctor.)
Tania, our lives will not be
I still am too shaken
Tania is our granddaughter. She is our firstborn grandchild.
Her dad, my son Rick, had called me. He had cried on the phone and told me what was happening. To let my wife know the gist of the conversation, I wrote on a pad of paper: "Tania is very sick." I underlined "very."
Rick, who is a physician, said he had been working at home when Tania told him she had a funny rash and asked if he would look at it. Rick looked. He saw there were petechiae (tiny red spots due to bleeding into the skin). Tania had complained of feeling tired for several weeks, but what high schooler hasn't? She also had somehow picked up some bruises. He immediately called Tania's pediatrician, who saw Tania during her lunch hour.