Cells & Poop


IMG_2599I’m pretty tired to be honest so we’re going with bullet point style tonight:

The goals for today were to wean what could be turned down and keep stable what was needed to provide stability going into the granulocyte transfusion (the goal is to get the neutrophils which are a subcategory of the broader white blood cell group: granulocytes)

This morning they turned off her milrinone; everything has remained stable

Her abdominal pressure seems to be going down a bit as well as her abdominal girth

In order to get in a more complete dose of her TPN, they increased her fluid limits slightly and she has tolerated it well with an appropriate increase in urine output.  This means her kidneys are keeping up beautifully

Her morphine has been reduced by half and she has done well with that

The big news of the day is that she began pooping which is really pretty great since it’s the first time in 5 days.  She’s had quite a bit of abdominal discomfort and cramping just prior to each time.  While it’s unenjoyable for her, we are encouraged that things are moving again

At long last, the neutrophils/granulocytes finally arrived about 7pm.  They gave her Benadryl ahead of time to ward off any transfusion reactions and are running them over four hours.  We’re over halfway in to the transfusion and there is no sign of a reaction which is great.  Once the neutrophils enter her system, they will travel to the locations they are needed and begin their work.  I honestly don’t know how long before one might see a response to their activity, but the docs are prepared to support her with whatever occurs.  I found out today that it is quite an immense undertaking for the donor to donate granulocytes and for this reason, they are only called upon to give those who are neutropenic (without neutrophils) and have a very serious illness.  Thank you to those brave and giving folks out there who are willing to so tangibly give of themselves for the wellbeing of a stranger.

It was overall a good day with a number of great steps forward.  She is still far from her normal, cheery self but her fluid load seems to be diminishing and she is slowly regaining some movement.  She sat upright for the first time in days (with assistance).

Tomorrow we hope to see more steps forward but realistically, she is doing phenomenally well and the staff is impressed with how great she is handling everything and are encouraged, we have much to be thankful for as things stand. IMG_2602 IMG_2603 IMG_2612 IMG_2620 IMG_2622 IMG_2626

6 responses »

  1. Thank you for the update. I know how exhausting it is to keep the masses updated. We appreciate it. I’m giving blood today at 2:15, and will be saying a prayer for Allistaire while I do so. Much love.

  2. I’m a long time reader, but first time commenting. I found your page a few years ago when my then 11month old was going through treatment for AML. She has been in remission since her initial chemo treatments thankfully. My Josephine received 21 granulocyte transfusions during her first round of chemo, and 5 during the 3rd round. She had severe sepsis from a pseudomonas infection that kept recurring. Those were scary times, I pray for Allistaire often. Can’t wait to see the progress she make!

  3. Loved the throwback video!! What a cutie. The Tigers team picture for Allistaire is so cool, too. Praying for you all. Thanks so much for the update.

  4. You and your family are so amazing!! We continue to keep Allistaire in our prayers. She is a tough fighter. Anthony and Marcy Perry

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