Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Chomping Away!

WBC up to 2.2 and ANC finally registered at 2.0! Those bad boys are in there chomping away at the bugs! The actual transfusion was pretty uneventful. His fever was down to 99ish most of the night- not sure if that was due to neutrophils or pre meds. His cough is more productive which does seem to show neutrophils are busy in the lungs.
I didn't mention yesterday that the doctors took away Tylenol. He pretty much watched the clock every 4 hours for next dose to Tylenol to relieve the fever. His liver enzymes shot up so the doctor said during morning rounds he was going to "cut back" the Tylenol. I asked what does cutting back mean and he said he won't get any. The big meanies- cutting back is different from cutting out! We are looking for the new white blood cells to help out!
Here's to a day of hungry neutrophils!!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

CHOW DOWN NUTROPHILS. FILL THOSE BABIES UP. It is nice to hear some good, reassuring words.
Lots of Love and Prayers.
The Wenner's

kc said...

WOW - that was quick! Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

AWESOME! Keep those neutrophils coming ......

Anonymous said...

That is GREAT news!! Rest up so those neutrophils can go to work getting rid of those nasty bugs!

Lynn

Anonymous said...

So wonderful to hear a good report. With regard to the Tylenol Meanies -- when I was a patient at the NIH and on chemo, they did not allow any Tylenol (or related products) because they said they did not want it to mask temperatures from infections. Without Tylenol, Gary's doctors and all of you will better be able to determine if his temperature has returned to normal. So, that is a positive way to look at the new orders. Still praying for your family. Stacie

Rich D said...

Way to go Gary! You're almost there. The finish line is in sight. Just get rid of these bugs and it's off to transplant!

Anonymous said...

All that talk about hungry neutrophils... Makes me think of Weird Al. "You'd better chow down or it's gonna get cold. Just Eat It."

Ok. Lame comedic attempt.

The Rodier bunch is still watching, praying, and waiting for you, Gary. We also hope Tammy still gets her beauty rest, too. Thanks again for all the updates.

-Dave (for the rest)

gail said...

That is GREAT news!GoGo Gary!!!! lv-'g'

Amy Rosenberg said...

Good news! We're happy to hear it!

Anonymous said...

This is great news guys!! So happy to hear the neutrophils are starting to do their magic. We all keep you in our prayers. Tammy, I hope you are taking care of yourself too. We're here if you need us for ANYTHING!

Hugs to all, The Betts

Anonymous said...

The Swartz family wishes all the BUGS be gone ASAP!!!

Tammy our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love, Todd, Lisa, Lindsey & Brandon

Anonymous said...

Gary - you're on to something here! Material Flow: Neutrophils! 100% bug-free! Just need a part number... we need this one delivered ASAP. I'll accept that virtual nod as a firm commitment!

Thoughts and prayers from JD & Family....

Anonymous said...

Hey Tammy and Gary,
It's good to hear that the neutrophils are chomping, the fever is behaving, and the cough is producing. Hooray for neutrophils!
And how does a light, silvery blue sound for the walls??
Love and Prayers,
The Real KC and Mark