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, September 13, 2006

Wednesday +155 (Morning)

Jackie had her second IV antibiotic treatment this morning. She has a CT scan at 1:30 today. Tomorrow she has a battery of doctor visits. We will be seeing the Infectious Disease team and the Pulmonary Specialist Team. Depending upon what is found in the CT scan her course of treatment could last as long as 10 days. We have an appointment with her normal BMT doctor on Friday. It appears the earliest we could be back home would be this weekend. This would only happen if her fevers resolved and they could switch to an oral antibiotic.

Her cultures still continue to come back negative. I don't think they will find anything in her blood culture. Anything serious would have already cultured. Her urine culture was indeterminate. Stool cultures are pending. It is possible she could be positive for C-diff or CMV. CMV (which she had before) would seem unlikely.

They continue to find a small amount of fluid in her lungs. She also has a minor cough. In my opinion they will likely find she has/had the beginnings of pneumonia. Whatever is wrong, it doesn't seem to be getting worse. She continues to run a very low-grade fever. In the last 24 hours it has been below 100 degrees. It has been normal or below normal several times. Of course they take any fever very seriously due to her immunosuppressed condition. She continues to have a serious lack of energy. She was barely able to walk back to the apartment after this mornings IV treatment. This is likely due to her decreased hemoglobin (Hgl) level. It was 9.4 a few days ago.

We also learned today that the lady I've mentioned in the past, Lisa Kleeman did not survive her third transplant. She passed away about 2 weeks ago. Naturally Jackie was depressed by the news.

Until later....

Bruce and Jackie
From Rochester


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