It’s Day +11 and we are happy to confirm that engraftment has started!! Kevin’s White Blood Cell count was 1.1 this morning!! For updated blood counts, please CLICK HERE.
For those of you who are thinking WTH is “engraftment”… basicially what it means is that the donor’s stem cells have successfully found their way into Kevin’s bones and have started to produce hopefully healthy blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets)! It will take about another week or two to know how well Kevin’s blood system is recovering, but we can safely say it’s well on it’s way.
Now, this is just the first milestone in this Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant process. Remember, for the first 100 days post-transplant Kevin is at high risk for a number of complications including infection, organ failure, relapse and the dreaded graft vs. host disease. That’s why it is critical that we live so close to the hospital for about 3 more months. However, Kevin is doing remarkably well so far.
Today he received his final dose of Methotextrate Chemo, now the rest is up to his body (the host) and the donor (the graft). He also received platelets.
When we got home from his outpatient appointment, Kevin wasn’t feeling the best and his temperature started to rise again. He spiked a fever and it lasted more than an hour, so back to INpatient he goes!! ANY infection can be extremely dangerous for Kevin, especially with his immune system being so weak. Therefore, for the next few weeks, no chances are taken. Fever that lasts longer than 1 hour = getting admitted to INpatient.
We met the outpatient day nurse in the parking garage. Kevin told her that he had to come back because he spiked a fever. She told him she knew he was coming in and said that she already wrote his name on the board! lol Well, well, well… it looks like the nurses have a new PET name for my loverman!
Today was an exhausting day, but at least Kevin is safer and well taken care of in the hospital. Thanks for stopping by!