September 20, 2011

Day +20: Numbers

99.2%

2,420

2


What do these all mean?

Well, they are all amazing and positive and just what we've needed to hear!

So, let me explain...

Last week we sent off a blood test to determine what percentage of donor cells were occupying Kate's body. Well, the results came back and we are so excited that 99.2% of Kate's cells are from her amazing donor! Kate's team of doctors believe that she will reach 100% when she finally engrafts.

Speaking of engraftment, Kate's ANC was 2,420 today!!! I was absolutely shocked when I got her lab work. I didn't expect such a huge jump. It was 450 yesterday so today starts the count to engraftment!

If Kate's ANC stays above 500 for two more days, she will be officially engrafted by Thursday!

We are stopping the cell boosting medication (GCSF) and expect to see a significant drop in her ANC since her body will be doing all of the work. But, Kate's numbers are high enough that it would take a pretty drastic fall for her to drop below 500!

To say we are excited about such positive news is an understatement.

Alex and I are feeling extremely blessed to have some wonderful evidence that this process, this long, stressful, hard process is curing our sweet daughter!

God is good! Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers that have carried us to this point. We still have a long road ahead of us and Kate has many, many months, possibly years, until she is able to function like a normal child, but we are one huge step closer to living life like a regular family with a healthy baby girl!



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16 comments:

kk said...

Hurrah!!!!! So glad I hadn't closed my browser so I got to see this happy post!! I'm sure you're smiling after such a bumpy road to this good news & progress. We'll keep sending thoughts your way!

Anonymous said...

This just put a huge smile on my face! I have been praying so hard for your family, and I will continue to do so. Kate is such a little fighter. She will be doing great things in her (very long!) lifetime, that's for sure!!

Nicole said...

I was JUST thinking about you. SO glad to hear such great news!

Wendy said...

Yea, Kate! That's great news!!!

Our Baby "D" said...

Praying that Thursday brings great news as well! YAY KATE!!!

satto said...

Wonderful news!

Missi said...

I am a complete stranger, but have been reading following your blog for a while! I want you to konw that I have been praying for your family and that reading this post this morning brought tears to my eyes! God is definitely good! You have my continued good thoughts and prayers from West Virginia!

Jessica said...

Yay Yay Yay!!! What great news!

Courtney B said...

Oh my gosh this is wonderful news! So happy for Kate and all of her family.
Fingers crossed for 500s!!!

Tamika said...

What wonderful news!! Continued prayers!!! :)

Emily said...

I have been checking your blog everyday to see the updates on sweet Kate. I am SO happy to see all this positive news and that your sweet girl is on her road to her 2nd chance! Go Kate! Go Mom and Dad! And...thank GOD for that wonderful donor!!

Jastl32 said...

That is AWESOME! So glad to hear the good news. I continue to keep my fingers crossed for Kate.

Anonymous said...

I've been praying for baby Kate everyday as well as watching for updates!

She just may be the first woman president if she keeps up these amazing things!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful, fantastic, amazing news!!! God is indeed very good!
Erica

Bevin said...

Awesome! Continued well wishes sent your way!

Lindsey said...

Oh that is wonderful!!! Prayers for Counts to remain great and for engraftment to be in full effect! :)

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