Blog for Jackie Sue while at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. UPDATED. This blog now covers her progress after her mini-allo MUD transplant. Her transplant was the first one to be performed by the Mayo Clinic.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Wednesday morning update

Jackie is feeling much better today. Her C-diff tests. the bacterial bowel infection she came to the Mayo with, are all negative. Her stomach is feeling much better. She has no fever. However, her platelets have dropped back to 12. It was only a few days ago when 12 seemed like a fantastic number! That was before they hit 37.

They are going to infuse platelets to see how she reacts. They will also be giving a little Prednisone to help bring the platelets back into more positive territory. Her hemoglobin is still very good. She is a little neutropenic (she gets sick easily). They will be giving her some medicine to try and elevate her neutrophils (the stuff that kills germs and bacteria). The docs are hopeful she can leave for OK on Friday.

I had a good talk with the doctor that is currently team leader. He feels that none of what we are seeing is terribly surprising. Certainly they are treating this like an everyday occurrence. I spoke to him about the differenct types of transplants. I was a little surprised that they are not doing the most advanced type of transplant (umbilical cord stem cell) here at the Mayo. I'm not sure where they are being done, but it is something we will definitely want to look into. There are pros and cons for all the different types of transplants, but the cord stem cell procedures offer more curative results, but the danger period due to infection and graft recovery process are longer.

Again, thanks to everyone for the blog comments. I can pick these up on my mobile phone and I try to read them to Jackie every night.

Well it is off to do laundry..

Until Later...



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jackie,

People say,"Laughter is the best medicine." I hope the "medicine" below can make you feel a little better.

Q: What did the turkey say upon receiving an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner?
A: "No, thanks, I'm stuffed."

Hope every test turns out well. Then you can come back home this Friday.


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