Day +14 = Engraftment!

We were thrilled this evening when Deb’s blood counts came in and we learned that engraftment has started!  (Engraftment is when the stem cells she received from her donor start growing and developing, and her bone marrow and immune system begin to recover.) The first sign of engraftment is rising white blood counts, and Deb’s are beginning to go up.  As the white cells increase they will fight the mucositis so her mouth and throat sores should begin to improve.  Deb’s hemoglobin and platelets are also starting to rise.  Her last transfusion was on Monday night, and we are hoping that she won’t need any more … but we still have to take it day by day.

Deb will continue to receive hydration and nutrition through the IV until she is able to eat and drink a sufficient amount.  She still has pain when trying to swallow anything, but each day now there should be some improvement.  We are very grateful to the Stanford medical team and to “Mr. International” (as we fondly call Deb’s anonymous donor) for making this miracle possible.

All your love and prayers are helping … thank you everyone!

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10 Responses to Day +14 = Engraftment!

  1. Pat Pieratte says:

    I’m thrilled to learn of Deb’s turn for the better! I hope she improves more and more each day!

  2. Oopsie! That was supposed to be “beautiful but aging”.

  3. Awesome! So glad things are looking up. Here’s a metaphor for you: Finding your donor was like getting SMART to partner up and commit big bucks to the Cal Park Hill Tunnel. Your intense chemo was like clearing all the rubble from the tunnel. The infusion was like the start of construction, replacing the beautiful but again wooden ribs with strong steel. And now we’ve rounded the curve and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Can’t wait for the grand opening!

  4. Lois Buffington says:

    I am glad there is some good news for you. I am so sorry Deb has to go through all this. She is a very brave young lady. Hope she is feeling better.

  5. Kim Gershon says:

    fantastic news….so glad to hear. i hope you start to feel better really soon!!! love always

  6. Brooke says:

    That’s awesome news, Deb and Mary Lou!

  7. Diane says:

    That is fabulous news. Let’s talk soon. Love and hugs

  8. Linda Zink says:

    Praise The Lord

    Linda Zink

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. Reggie says:

    We are so happy to hear that Deb is improving and that her WBC is climbing. You are so amazing Deb!!! Such an inspiration to so many..

  10. Wonderful NEWS!!! POWER TO YOU DEB!!! Love and keep improving from doug and gail!! We are so proud of you to keep fighting and recovering and your body accepting the transplant of bone marrow!!! WOW GREAT!!!

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