Yesterday was Kristen's weekly clinic appointment. She had a much better week so I was expecting some good blood counts and good blood counts she had. Her numbers looked great.
In fact her nurse practitioner said,
I already knew that.
Here's the deal with her bone marrow results from last week. We were hoping that she would be 100% doner, which means that her brothers bone marrow has completely taken over and her bone marrow is gone. We didn't get the 100% we were hoping for. Her bone marrow came in at 95% donor and 5% her own. That means that we have to worry about that 5% wanting to make those disgusting leukemia cells.
But wait... Now we begin to taper her immunosuppressant drugs, hopefully this will allow her brothers bone marrow to explode and wipe hers out. So we still have a chance at the 100%. That being said, now as we taper the drugs, Graft verses Host Disease (GVHD) has a chance of showing up. So we are on high alert and watching for signs. I understand that if she has problems with GVHD she will be hospitalized until the docs can get things under control. A little GVHD is kinda good, because it will also fight any leukemia cells that choose to make an appearance. So the next few months will be interesting.
Usually on Memorial Weekend we spend time with my parents going to several cemeteries, some a couple of hours away and placing flowers on the graves of grandparents.
This year things are different.
Instead of spending the weekend with my father, we are decorating his grave. I was thankful that Kristen was feeling well enough to go out for a couple of hours today.