Anna is doing considerably well for being on day +17. To date, she STILL has had NO red cell transfusions!!!!! The nurses and doctors are all amazed! This is very unusual, but then again, we do serve a God who does things His way and not always the "usual" way!! It seems her red cells are dying at the same rate that the new ones are thriving! The nurses said if she doesn't need a red cell transfusion, she will be the first they know of to go through this type of treatment without one! She has had two platelet transfusions, but her numbers were still looking pretty good. Anna's ANC (neutraphil) is at 208 today! We praise the Lord! Those numbers have fluctuated a bit each day which is totally normal, but are steadily increasing. You may remember that she must have a number of 500 for two days straight before being considered grafted. Anna is still astonishing the team with her jogging and jumping jacks, and now her laps around the 8th floor. The other day Anna did 100 jumping jacks! The P.A., Darren, has challenged her to a jumping jack competition for when she is preparing to go home. This has spurred her on! (as if she needed a challenge!)
The 8th floor is looking pretty empty these days. Since Monday, there have been 13 discharges total from the 7th and 8th floors. That leaves our floor with just six patients and an over abundance of nurses. Because of this, we have had short shifts as nurses are sent home. (at least for them it's during an amazing week weather wise!!!)
On the home front, Daniel decided to get into the spirit of supporting Anna.....by shaving his head! Yes, you read that correctly!
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