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!