ICU Day 7

It’s a relatively good day for Andre. He did a spontaneous breathing trial–him breathing on his own–today that lasted for about 35 min. The CO2 level in his blood after the test was still higher than normal but it was close. Shortly after the test…

No New Chemo Today……

Had an appt with Dr. Nair today and after getting blood, weight, blood pressure, temp, etc etc and answering oh so very personal questions like do you have diarrhea or constipation (heehee…..believe me, once you have cancer there is NOTHING personal …

To soon

I am sorry I posted to soon. At 10:00pm Mark spiked a fever. He was admitted to the Huntsman Hospital by 11:30 pm. They are doing test to look for infection.I will update more as I find out.

ICU Day 6

Sorry for the late posting. I went out for a hearty dinner with a former colleague who is also a very close friend of ours. It was good to take a break from the hospital, and I know Andre didn’t mind.Andre had a relatively busy day today. He had a b…

A Teensy Bit Better today…

and I mean teensy, but hell, I’ll take what I can get at the moment! Found that I could navigate the house without the cane today as I feel a little bit stronger after having had the procrit shot for my low reds yesterday. I was really wracking my bra…

Day seven

Today is day seven post transplant and most everything is still going well. Marks white blood cell count hit bottom and now is back on the rise. Still no immune system right now.
Last night Mark broke out in a rash that had welts the size of silver dollars. I gave him some Benadryl, and we talk to Andrea the PA today. Mark is allergic to the Neupogen shot they give him to boot his stem cell production. As long as he takes the Benadryl he doesn’t itch and the rash calms down. So we can continue to boost the cells this way. He was tired before, now he is really tired.
Tomorrows visit Mark will receive platelets, his platelet count has dropped, this is normal. Mark didn’t need platelets with the first transplant. So Mark will get platelets, the neupogen shot and the daily antibiotics.

Well Mark’s hair all came back in so nice. Bad news it is all going to fall out again any day now .
Mark is on the up hill side of this. Lets all hope it stays on this good side.

I’ll Take "Better"

Well as I predicted… Summer has officially arrived and so did the lab results from my 10th Revlimid cycle. “Better” without supplements despite a strong correlation with supplements in the prior 5 cycles. So would you spend the $4 bucks a day on thos…

ICU Day 5

Andre is still heavily sedated. He seems to be calmer today as well.He did better on his spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) today than yesterday, but it is still not good enough to be off the ventilator. The respiratory technician added a humidifier t…

ICU Day 4

Today has been a difficult day for my husband. Andre had a V-tach episode at around 8:30 AM this morning. It took the docs about half-an-hour to get it under control with Versed being the one that worked. The Versed was supposed to be a pre-medicati…