The nurse came in early and tapped me on the shoulder as I was sleeping and handed me Natalie's lab reports. I quickly scanned over each value, searching for of course her ANC value. It was there -- 500! She has officially engrafted--Hooray!
Because Natalie's donor was a sibling her neutrophil count will continue to rise and should not dip from 500. She has engrafted 5 days sooner than the average transplant using a sibling match donor. The winner of our engraftment bet was Tyler/Grandpa Fish.
Today was great. She spent most of the day laughing and enjoying herself. She watched the Smurfs and played games, and sketched blueberry ice cream cones.
Natalie's mouth is well enough to eat, however, due to the many medications food doesn't taste the same and her desire to eat is minuscule. She will most likely come home on TPN (IV nutrition) and other fluids. It will take some time before food begins to taste good again.
Aunt Amberly is spending the night with her tonight. Tyler and I are home with the boys and Alice. Tomorrow we will pack Matthew's and Blair's bags for Pleasant Grove. Early Monday morning Alice will join Natalie.
I have no idea how we will be able to reason with a 2 year old regarding oral meds with mouth sores. Hmmm.
One last thing, I was thinking much today about how many things could have gone wrong up to this point with Natalie and how little actually did go wrong. We know that many prayers have been heard in our behalf. We have seen the ugly side of medical disappointments many times and know how easy it can happen. We feel so blessed to have many faithful people praying for us....it has made all the difference. Thank You!!