Monday, February 20, 2012

Day +12

We’re getting close.  There are definite cell activity in Timothy’s body.  The bone marrow engraftment study is scheduled for next Wednesday to see if he has engrafted the new cells.  But the doctors are hopeful that by the end of this week, we may be able to see the results.  ANC (Absolute Neutrophil Count) is what they use to measure his immune system.  Timothy’s ANC before chemo was a little over 2000.  That would be his normal.  For about a week, it was 0 (after all the chemo).  Today, it was 100.  This is an exciting time.  At the same time, my nerves were shaken with anxiety.  I prayed tonight that the new cells were the donor cells, and not his own.  I also prayed that his body would accept the new cells and not have any complications.  When his ANC reaches 500 for 2-3 days consecutively, we will be discharged.  And when it reaches 1000 for 2-3 consecutively, we will be able to go back home.  This is all pending everything will go smoothly without any complications. 

Otherwise, Timothy’s been eating a little bit more :).  Therefore, his IV nutrition has been decreased.  His voice is coming back slowly.  His blood pressure is still high and he is on high blood pressure meds (on needs basis).  His mucositis is healing.  And the steroids have not affected him too much.  He did get another platelet transfusion today, though.

That’s about it for today.  Hope you weren’t worried yesterday with a lack of post.  I just fell asleep super early last night.  Guess, I was tired.


  1. Poor Timothy has gone through so much. Same for the rest of the family members. Praying for an excellent ANC each day!

  2. eagerly awaiting the engraftment study next week! until then i hope and pray timothy continues to feel stronger...

  3. Thanks for the update and praise God for some encouragement today - I am sure you all needed some good news. Will continue to pray that it donor cells keep growing (if that's what they do... you have become such a medical expert on so much!) And, so glad you got some sleep! =)

  4. Wow, that is exciting news, Alice. I can't imagine the anticipation. I'm continually praying...