Hey everyone! It’s day +1! We’re finally in the positive!
Thank you all for your love, support, and prayers yesterday for Brandon’s transplant. The transfusion completed a little before midnight without any complications.
Today has been positive overall, however I think Brandon is starting to feel the onset of chemotherapy side effects. This is around the time that most people start to experience severe nausea, mucositis (the very painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucus membranes of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and GI tract), and fevers from having no immune system. Brandon has started to experience a sore mouth and throat, worsening nausea, and has been battling low grade fevers on and off throughout the day. This is all to be expected given what his body has been through. Unfortunately things will probably get worse before they get better.
Despite feeling lousy Brandon has been up and active. We walked a little over 3 miles today around the transplant ward. Not too bad for someone that got a transplant yesterday! The doctors continue to stress the importance of physical activity, so Brandon is doing every little bit that he can. I am so proud of his strength and motivation, especially under such difficult circumstances.
The doctors continue to be impressed with his progress. He is doing EXTREMELY well for what his body has been through. All of his blood work shows that his organs are all working perfectly and are showing no signs of stress (this is amazing given the large amounts of chemotherapy he has received).
On days +3 and +4 (this Friday and Saturday) Brandon will get his last two doses of chemotherapy (EVER)! These will be two low doses of chemotherapy to lessen the risk of graph verses host disease, which is where the donor’s cells attack the recipients body. He will also begin an anti-rejection medication on day +5 (Sunday) that will lessen the risk as well. We are hoping and praying that the donor’s cells become comfortable in their new home and only go after any remaining cancer cells that may be lingering.
Although yesterday was a huge milestone, the fight continues. Brandon’s first +100 days after transplant are the most crucial as the cells engraft and begin to build Brandon a new immune system. His immune system will be very fragile during this time and he will need to be monitored accordingly. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we push through this most important time.
We love you guys and will continue to keep you updated on Brandon’s progress!