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.

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ICU Day 5

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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…

Short Note on Today……

Unlike most of my posts, this one will be very short and very brief. Still feeling absolutely horrid and I’ve noticed the last few days as I am becoming weaker and weaker, my balance is in jeopardy so I started using a cane today to walk around as a pr…

ICU Day 3

I have no idea when the pulmonary doctors will take Andre off the ventilator. His arterial blood gas from this morning still showed elevated CO2 even though he is relaxed and fully sedated. The docs are thinking it might be due to having too much car…

ICU Day 2

Andre is still intubated. The pulmonary critical care docs decided that Andre’s breathing is still too labored to be off the ventilator. When they did the spontaneous breathing trial this morning, Andre was breathing great at the start (he was taking…

Andre’s gifts

Andre gave two gifts this morning.When I checked my cell phone at 8 AM, I noticed a missed call and a voice message time stamped 2:18 AM. The caller was Andre’s night-shift nurse, Ken, and his message was that Andre was adamantly asking for me. Ken’…

After Transplant #2

Mark has been a little sick with this transplant, but that is to be expected and nothing like the last one. His white blood cells have started to drop so he is going into the neutropenic stage. This means highly susceptible to bacterial infections.Star…