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, April 26, 2006

Tuesday +13 (12:30 PM)

Well, I'm a little late updating the blog tonight.

Not a great deal to report. Jackie had a CT scan today to check for fluid on her lungs. The scan showed a small amount, but nothing that greatly worries the docs.

She was tired today due to her low RBC count. She continues to have problems with fluid buildup but it seems to be getting better.

A good part of the time her lower legs hurt a great deal. It is often difficult to sit on the side of the bed or sit in a chair. Jackie I think discovered the problem on her own. She says that since the donor was a 29 year old male her legs must be getting longer. The pain is coming from her legs lengthening:) She is thrilled :)

I spoke to the doc today about the stem cell conversion process. Since the process cures autoimmune diseases Jackie would have also been cured of any arthritis problems she might have had. If stem cell transplantation ever becomes "safe" it could be used as a possible cure for rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune type diseases.

Until later.

Bruce and Jackie
From Rochester, MN


Anonymous Anonymous said...

does this mean if the donar had arthritis she would get it too?


2:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "longer legs" will mean LONGER walks with the dogs on Nantucket- we can't wait!!!!
Dean, Sandra and Charlie

4:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could the leg pain be related to the water retention?

8:17 AM

Blogger Jackie Sue We Love You said...

No, she would not get arthritis and yes the problem with her legs is likely due to water problems. It can also be caused by an improper level of electrolytes.

10:31 AM


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