The last few days have been a little difficult in terms of being able to keep up with my blog. I have been linked up to the drip from early morning until late at night - yesterday this was 7.00 a.m. to 11.15 p.m. However, it was not all bad. The frustration was partly being too far away to get to the computer.
After the stem cells were transfused the main concentration of effort is in ensuring the blood counts are kept to the correct level. I have had several transfusions of blood and platelets as a result, together with potassium. The real concern, however, is the level of white blood cells. After the high dose chemotherapy the white blood cells reach 0.0 and remain there for several days. In my case this was reached just after the new stem cells were infused and every day they have been at 0.0 - except today when they rose to 0.2! Of course, since the rise is miniscule they could fall tomorrow but the fact is they are MOVING.
This is a period where I have to avoid infection because of very low blood counts but movement in the right direction has to be really positive. So why did they go up over night? Could it be because I had a card from my donor twin? Naturally we have to maintain anonymity but if she is reading this there is so very, very , very much I have to thank her for.