Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Natalie is feeling much better already. We are so glad she is here, had we not come in it could have been very bad. The bacteria she developed is something that most people just have on their skin and isn't washed off in the shower or bath. The doctors suggested that the bacteria just found it's way into her body, possibly from her central line. They also said it is more amazing that she has not had this sooner, than it is that she has it at all. This hospital stay feels like a walk in the park, no biggie. A couple days is just a little wrinkle in our way. We learned today that Alice's chimerism test came back and now shows 95% donor cells. She is getting closer to the goal of 100% donor. Both Natalie and Alice's neutrophil antibodies no longer appear in their blood. This is also great news. Another test will be taken regarding Natalie's Tcell's. The past test showed more host Tcells than they anticipated, however, they feel it wasn't accurate. More results next week. Tomorrow is day 99 for Alice. Some how the past four weeks have passed in a hurry. Much still ahead, but so much already accomplished and behind us. Natalie and I had some fun together today. We talked about her past stay during transplant, reminised on some fun memories, we would stay up super late watching cool videos on Youtube and read story books. Sometimes it would be 2:00 a.m. and we had more to do. It was a little tricky trying to adjust to an earlier bedtime when she first came home. Tyler will be staying with her tonight. Here is Alice in clinic taking her medicine, watching a movie and playing with a doll house.