This morning we received some good news regarding Elena's white blood cells. She has some!! Her count this morning was .16. While this is minuscule, it means that they are coming in! Praise God! This is what we have been praying for since transplant.
With this, however, comes new side effects. Elena has been running a fever on and off for several days, has been on oxygen every night and has a rash over most of her body that we are treating with a steroid cream 3 times a day. We are cautiously optimistic that what is happening is the engraftment of the new stem cells within her body and not graft versus host disease (gvhd) or Engraftment Syndrome (ES), which can both present these same side effects. The doctors are watching everything closely and are contemplating using a systemic steroid to treat the rash and pulmonary issues if they persist.
Please join us in praying for Elena's body to accept her new cells and to continue to make many more healthy cells to help combat these side effects. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and patience for all of us as we wait and watch.
"...I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10