One thing Deb really hoped to avoid was going back into the hospital. For the past 7 weeks at home, Andy and I have done everything we could to keep that from happening. We’ve made sure that Deb receives all her medications, nebulizers and oxygen as needed, gets daily exercise, and we tried to keep her comfortable, hydrated, and focused on eating and keeping her food down. With the many complexities of Deb’s leukemia, this is not always so easy to do. Her persistent cough often leads to a gag reflex which causes her food to come up, which in turn makes it difficult for her to put weight back on. Her blood counts have been dropping at a faster rate recently, which means more trips to the hospital for transfusions. While Deb was in the ER for her most recent platelet transfusion, they took a chest x-ray which showed an area suspicious of pneumonia. Although Deb is on multiple oral antibiotics already, the best treatment for pneumonia is IV antibiotics, so she was re-admitted to Kaiser Permanente Hospital on Monday night so these could be administered. She was also in need of a red cell transfusion which she received on Tuesday.
It’s possible that the donor cell infusion which Deb had on April 1 could be causing some of these issues. It came with the risk of getting worse before getting better, including lower blood counts and greater chance of infection. It’s a little sooner than we anticipated this to occur so it’s hard to tell what the cause is. Deb has been running fevers for over a month now, and they persist.
Please join us in praying that Deb’s hospital stay will be short so she can return soon to the comfort of her home to continue her recovery. Thanks for your continued love and support.