Day +26 New Beginnings

Noah had a doctor’s appointment today. His blood levels increased. His ANC dropped a little. It’s common for your ANC to fluctuate. They gave him granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) through his line. The G-CSF is type of drug called a growth factor. It increases the number of blood cells in the blood. It’s common for it to be given after a stem cell transplant. Lucas (Noah’s brother and donor) received G-CSF shots prior to the transplant, to increase his cells for Noah. 
Noah will have his hickman catheter line for the next 3-6 months, depending on his progress. Ryan and I need to flush his line every night, change his line tubes and bandage once a week. He will continue to take several different types of medication. He takes 10 pills in the morning and 10 pills in the evening and more if needed. The medication prevents him from getting sick and helps his cells to grow. 
Noah will have a bone marrow biopsy surgery on Friday 4/24. He will be put under anesthesia. The biopsy will show how many cells are the donors (brother, Lucas) and how many are Noah’s. It will be too soon to see how much of the bone marrow has grown. We hope that the majority of the cells are Lucas’ / donor. If everything goes while, Noah will be release from the hospital the same day. 
Noah hasn’t had a transfusion in 15 days. His doctor’s visits have become a lot shorter without the transfusions, beside the drive to San Diego and back.

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Blood Labs

White blood cells (WBC) 1.3
Hemoglobin (HGB) 10.3
Platelets (PLT) 74
Absolute neutrophils count (ANC) 520

With love and gratitude,
Nicole (mommy)

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