Friday, March 25, 2011


Case here. Today is day 98, two days before the day 100 that has been the 'light at the end of the tunnel.' Just when we thought we could make it through the 100 days being as boring as possible, we've hit a bump. Mom's white blood cell count had been hovering around the 3.5 range, which is low, but considerably better than where she was pre-transplant. The doctors had not been concerned though, because there were no other issues and it was holding steady. Starting with the lab results last Friday, her white blood cell count has dropped to it's current level of 0.9. This, as you would imagine, has been cause for concern. The clinic ran a battery of tests and sent off a blood culture to see if they could figure out what was causing the drop. No culprit has popped up, so we're stuck trying to figure out what's wrong, and hoping that it will improve. Mom also received the results from her latest bone marrow biopsy which still says that she's MDS free, but made mention of the biopsy being "mildy hypo cellular," something that doesn't seem to concern the doctors, but has added to mom's anxiety. As you can imagine, mom has been bummed this week, even though the doctors do not seem to be that concerned.

Please send your positive thoughts and prayers her way!


  1. Sending lots of love your way, Wanda. Plus a stern word or two for those white blood cells...time for them to step up! Hoping your spirits remain high, and counting on that Wanderwoman competitive spirit.

    Seriously, let the docs do their thing and feel our collective prayers surrounding you.

    love and peace @

  2. Stay strong and determined, Wanda! You are going to plow through this bump. Love you and sending you lots of prayers and strength always.


  3. Ok now, a surprise bump for you... a surprise which you and all of us who love you could do without. I am willing you to take this bump in stride as you have the other not-so-easy steps along the way. I'm sure you are discouraged based on the timing of this unattractive WBC count, but don't dwell on it. Focus on how far you've come since all the yucky transplant side effects amid the unpleasantries of winter. Eyes on the prize dear girl.Think of it as if your marrow is taking a little rest after all it's hard work starting from Day 1. Just a little pause that refreshes--reenergizing for growth anew, as with all of Spring's bounty. Eyes on the prize as always. Hugs to you.

  4. See with me those white blood cells rallying and multiplying to normal levels. As your body has accepted and responded beautifully so far, see it continuing to do so as it acknowledges the beauty of your spirit and your strength and determination. I see you surrounded by Healing Light and Love expanded to include your entire Care Team and your Doctors especially graced with wisdom in this Connection of Health and Love. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Visualize with me each day, my Sister. Love and Hugs to you always.