- Becca's bone marrow aspiration and biopsy that was scheduled for 1pm was moved up to 9:15am. While this doesn't seem like a big deal, you try telling a five year old who really wants to eat and drink that she cannot have anything for five hours straight. Luckily, we only needed to do it for about 3.5 hours, as we didn't really get into the OR until around 11am.
- Talked to the bone marrow folks, and they are very pleased. According to the doctor, there are "lots of matches" for Becca. This means they are a 10 out of 10, and now they are busy contacting some of the matches to see if they will be willing to be tested (donate a few teaspoons of blood) to determine if they are a KIR mismatch for Becca. This is what we want... a perfect HLA type with a KIR mismatch.
- Becca's counts went up ON THEIR OWN today!!! Her ANC (Absolute Neutrophil Count - neutrophils are white blood cells that fight off infection) has been hanging at ZERO since she had chemo many weeks ago. Today it was 20! Though it's not a huge jump, it's finally heading in the right direction. We are hoping that this number trends up over the next several days, and if she can get to 500 (or so) without a fever and be off antibiotics, we might get to go home for a week-long break from the hospital before the next round of chemo. In addition, Becca's platelets went from 47K to 76K today without a platelet transfusion! I believe this is the first time her platelets have actually gone up on their own since we were admitted at the beginning of April.
- We got results from the bone marrow aspiration and biopsy this evening. There were NO BLASTS! Dr. Absalon said that we got the best results we could have from today's test, in that normally he sees the same type of cells in the bone marrow of leukemia patients, yet in Becca's marrow taken today, he saw lots of different types of cells. This means her bone marrow is starting to do what it's supposed to do again and "be a factory," as Ethan would say. Becca's reply to that is, "I'm NOT a factory!"
- Finally, we moved to a new room (actually, the one we moved out of to go to the ICU, but that they wouldn't hold for us)! It's so much quieter (no banging), darker (has an ante-room), and it actually has a nice view of Burnet Avenue from the window, rather than the brick wall of the other side of A5S. Another bonus is that it is across from the playroom, so toys, movies, and arts/crafts are much closer.
Thanks so much for all of the prayers for NO blasts today! They did the trick beautifully. I never considered myself superstitious, but I'm sure going to wear my Becca's Believers t-shirt every time we need some good news from now on...