Hey everyone, it’s transplant day +6!
Today was another step in the right direction! Brandon’s nausea has almost completely subsided and his mucositis pain is getting better! Yay! We have also made it 2 days without any fevers! Things continue to look up!
Brandon managed to spend a large portion of the day out of bed and also walked a few laps around the ward. He is also getting his appetite back and was able to eat a few good meals throughout the day. He is continuing to feel better day by day.
Tomorrow Brandon will start getting doses of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), which will enhance stem cell engraftment and stimulate white blood cell production. This means Brandon’s blood counts will start to come up and he will start building his new immune system!
The G-CSF will be given daily until Brandon’s absolute neutrophil count (ANC) rises above 500 cells per microliter of blood. Neutrophils are the most important white blood cell that act as the body’s first line of defense, protecting us from infection. Brandon’s neutrophil count will be closely monitored as we move forward and will serve as an important marker for the strength of his immune system.
Everything is right on track and progressing as planned. Brandon’s doctors feel that he is doing exceptionally well.
Thank you all for your love and support. I can’t wait to share more good news in the days and weeks to come!