Friday, January 6, 2012
Day 16 -- Almost There
Natalie received red blood cells today and her ANC is between 200-300. This is big news. She is feeling significantly better. She did her mouth care with ease.
White blood cells are so interesting. It's like magic...the process of healing can happen so rapidly. There are many things the medical field has been able to synthetically reproduce--white blood cells are not one of them. They are so precious and vital. I wish I would have majored in biology and chemistry; I'm so fascinated by it all. Well anyway it has been so exciting watching the healing begin. I get all emotional when I think about how happy I am to see Natalie feeling better.
The Bone Marrow team provides a calendar for patients on their transplant birthday, in which anyone can place their bet as to when the patient will engraft. You make a guess and place a dollar in the envelope. The person who wins gets to present all the money to Natalie. Right now it looks like Grandpa Schellenberg might win, he chose Sunday. I will let you all know who the winner is. The doctor made sure that we knew it wasn't the hospital sponsoring the betting events. :)
Alice and Evie came in today. Alice's tests for Rhino Virus were positive. This will not postpone the process. She will be carefully watched. Rhino virus is the "common cold". She is on track for Monday.
Alice thinks the hospital is a fun and cool place. Each time I ask her about coming to the hospital she does a silly dance. I tried twice to get it on video--it was so funny, but I failed--so I posted the videos anyway. In one video she acts happy to come and the other she isn't sure.
Thanks to all for your love, support, prayers, and encouraging words. Even though we haven't replied or sent thank you's please know that we are aware of everything and feel so blessed by you all.