Everyday it breaks our hearts to see our son in horrible pain and we can’t trade places with him.
Noah received two red blood and one platelet transfusion this morning. He was awake and talkative today. He played games, completed his daily walks. This week his body will feel the side effects from the chemo. He will continue to be on several types of medication to help ease his discomfort and pain. He will soon loose his hair and get mouth sores. Noah still has along way to go to be healthy and have normal blood levels. Next week his body should start engraftment.
Engraftment is when transplanted stem cells enter the blood, make their way to the bone marrow and start making new blood cells. It usually takes about 2 to 6 weeks to start seeing a steady return to normal blood cell counts. He will be in the hospital during this time.
He will feel tired and generally unwell. He’ll be at risk of fever, infection, bleeding, anemia, damage to the organs and dietary problems. Most of these problems are worse when the blood count is very low, usually 2 to 3 weeks after the transplant.
He required to stay in the transplant area because of the increased risk of infection. He will have daily blood tests and regular temperature checks. He will be watched closely for bleeding, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and any other problems.
White blood cells (WBC) 0.1
Hemoglobin (HGB) 7.7
Platelets (PLT) 23
Absolute neutrophils count (ANC) 0
To donate to HOPE 4 NOAH in his honor, visit his Campaign Page
With love and gratitude,