Lorelei's bone marrow needs a little jumpstart
Yesterday's stem cell collection was a bit disappointing. The doctors had hoped they'd be hitting Lorelei in her "nadir" after the Neulasta shot (when her counts are coming up and the concentration of CD35 cells are highest.) But it appears we began collecting a bit too early. The goal was to collect 2.5 on Monday but they only got .35. (I'm not sure what the "2.5" measures but I understand they need a total of 183 million stem cells for the transplant and this was nowhere near one fourth of what they need.) It's been 11 days since she completed the third round of chemo and took the Neulasta shot. But her counts were down even more today.
So, the doctors decided to give Lorelei some Neupogen injections to kick start her bone marrow. She got a big dose this afternoon and will have another on Wednesday and Thursday. Please pray that her bone marrow responds and she begins to produce enough stem cells for the collection process to be complete this Friday. Also, please pray for strength to tolerate the deep bone pain caused by these shots.
Thank you for your support. Tomorrow will be a tough day as it marks one month since 22 year old Laurann Gateley's passing from this awful disease. Please lift her mother Jan Pace up. (Also sister Holley and brother David.) Jan has a team gathered for the Light The Night walk on October 20 to raise money for research to find a cure for all blood cancers. Jan is an amazing woman who has given back to the world at a time when most mothers would rather have crawled into a hole. We added up the fruits of her (and Laurann's) generous decision to have people donate to Lorelei's support trust instead of sending flowers in Laurann's name; there has been over $2,800 donated since Laurann's death. What a blessing! Thank you. We've been able to remain focused on Lorelei's care and ministry rather than worrying about how to pay bills. The body of Christ is amazing.
(And yes, she got that Rumble Pillow Pet!)
Posted on Tue, October 9, 2012
by Andrea Decker