Natalie's mouth looks better today. Her body has begun to produce a trace of white cells (level at .2), most likely monos which are precursors for ANC (Absolute Neutrophil Count) recovery. Engraftment is official when her ANC is 500 or above for two days in a row. Good news....engraftment is just around the bend.
She received more platelets today and will need red blood cells tomorrow. She had a small fever today, possibly due to a combustion of new cell production.
Thursday is dressing change day for her Broviac line. This is most definitely Natalie's least favorite thing. Unfortunately they had to change it twice today, she had been itching a bit under the tape and her finger got caught and pulled the tape up just enough that hey had to replace it.
She drank from a nutrition shake...she swallowed, that was big. She also ate a fruit snack. The sooner she eats the better. We are so happy!
I have to admit, the other day I was home and called Natalie's room to check on her. No one answered, so I tried Tyler's cell-no answer. I called the nurses desk--no answer. I waited for a while and tried again--no answer. Of course, I begin to get worried and start thinking of all things that could be happening. Finally, I get through and she is happy and talking...she was just busy I guess. What a relief!! I can't imagine what it might be like to live each day without that constant worry.
Tomorrow Alice and Evie will be having some labs done. Alice's will be slick because of her PICC line. Poor Evie, she is so chunky that it makes it difficult to find a vein.