Gary has stayed about the same today. His fevers continue to go up and down. His sister BJ stayed the night with him to help him manage the fevers (blankets when chilled and ice when sweating). The fevers really take away his energy.
We have heard preliminary results from the bone marrow biospy. His marrow is pretty much empty- not much going on which was suspected by his low blood counts. Is this good news or bad news? Well it is good to find out that the marrow is not full of active leukemia but we would like to see something going on in there. Due to the infection in Gary's body he needs white blood cells (healthy ones) to help the drugs fight.
Now for a quick Tammy lesson in blood. Blood consists of white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and plasma. One component of white blood cells are neutrophils. Neutrophils help the body fight infection. Gary's neutrophils or the ANC number that I refer to are too low to measure. His body has nothing in it to help fight the infection which is pretty much in his lungs. How do you get more? Well your body is supposed to make more and that is what we have been waiting in the hospital 19 days to happen. No one really knows when Gary's marrow will start making neutrophils. He is getting neupogen shots to try to kick start the process but no action yet.
Pray for more neutrophils to be made in Gary's body tonight !!!