Monday, June 6, 2011

A Glimpse of Goodness

Mireya managed to rest well overnight and has been without fever since late last night. A victory in the midst of it all. She has a fair amount of petechiae in her mouth and also some new areas on her neck. Her counts are all extremely low today. Her white count is almost non-existent and her platelets and hemoglobin will likely require transfusions today.

The plan has been that once the fever broke, she could go home with limited activity. Yesterday an additional medication was added to help boost her white cell count. Apparently, this medication has the ability to mask fever, so to eliminate any doubt, it has been removed from the rotation and we'll be monitored for at least another 24 hours to ensure the fever is gone. The task of putting in a pic line was also mentioned. Mireya has endured multiple sticks over the last several days due to the daily blood cultures. Ultimately she will require a port a cath, so we'll need to decide what is best for now.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit received Jalen and Makinley's typing samples. Due to the critical position we are in, the team has requested a quick screen to determine if either are a match. There are 8 markers they look at when determining a match. A good match is 6-8, with siblings if either child is a match for at least 4 of the markers then it's likely at least two others will also match. The process normally take 2-3 weeks to complete, with the quick scan it is 1 to 1.5 weeks. The Lord remains our source for everything we stand in need of. We're thankful for the peace of God, and we know his grace and mercy are sufficient to see us through as we wait.

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