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.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Clink Update (Day +745)

The full-body moisture wraps have dramatically improved the GvHD rash on Jackie's arms and legs.  They are still red, itchy, and somewhat inflamed, but they don't burn and cause constant pain.  She has gone from a 24 hour per day full wrap schedule to a 3-a-day schedule.  The newest routine consists of completely covering herself in hydrocortisone (Triam) cream and then getting into wet cotton pajamas.  She then puts on a sweatshirt and sweatpants.  She keeps this on for 90 minutes.  This routine will continue on a taper-off schedule over the next several weeks while the CelCept begins to kick in.

On our first day here at the Mayo they performed a skin biopsy  on her arm.  This biopsy turned out to be a small pre-cancerous spot.  We are still waiting for the full pathology report to see if it will be left alone or if a small area will need to be burned off.  The docs don't seem terribly concerned.

We hope to be sprung from the hospital tomorrow.  Since we don't know the exact time we plan to stay overnight on Monday for a departure home on Tuesday.  We'll both be glad to a warmer climate.  It snowed here on Friday night and during the day on Saturday.  While we got only a dusting in Rochester, over a foot of snow fell in northern MN.  And these people think it is Spring???

Until Later....

Bruce and Jackie
From Rochester


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