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Engraftment

Posted Feb 21 2009 11:35pm

Day +17

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Ann is now officially engrafted. The new donor code named "0736" has fully taken over the duties of producing white blood cells. The reds and platelets will take a little longer, but should start appearing in a month or so (if all goes according to plan).

Sorry for the tardiness of this entry, but MDA's wifi (or airport if you have a mac) is working in the same sense that a square wheel works. I have tried to place this same post about ten times yesterday before giving up.

Anyway, Ann is feeling better and her mouth and throat sores are starting to heal. The 24 painkiller drip has been removed (after one really rough night and a bad trip) and she only has her PCA now. Thankfully she only needs that occasionally. She has even been able to try some solid food again, and hold it down.

That’s not to say everything has been smooth sailing this time around. Ann has developed a cough that comes on at night. She says it feels like mucus breaking up, but the physical act of coughing hurts some as well. Her lungs sound clear and she doesn’t have any other signs of an infection. So the working hypothesis is that this is a combination of the lesions in her throat healing and the mucosal tissue in her digestive system rebuilding itself and sluffing off the cells killed by the prepatory chemo.

I think that we will be in the hospital at least until they work out exactly what the cough is and Ann's sores heal up completely.
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