To Read Tami's Story from the Beginning

Just CLICK HERE. Her blog begins on March 12, 2009 with a post titled "Tami's Myelodysplasia Diagnosis." Then at the bottom of each post, click on the words "Newer Post" located just below the comments section on each page.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Difference 25 Days Can Make

Today I spoke with my mom and learned that some of Tami's blood counts are continuing to rise.

To put things in perspective when Tami was released from the hospital on May 1st to become a daily outpatient her platelet count was at 16. Normal counts are between 150-350. Yesterday at her blood draw her platelet count was at 56, which is still far below the normal minimum but so much higher then it was just over 3 weeks ago.

Her white blood count on May 1st was at 1.7 with normal counts ranging between 4.0 and 11.0. So imagine my surprise when I found out that yesterday her white blood count was at 2.7! Again still below the normal range but the improvement is something we are all thankful for.

Her red count has not risen significantly but her doctors don't understand why her white and platelet counts are rising this way. I posted the other day that no change was seen in her last marrow biopsy taken two weeks ago. On the conservative side this makes us incredibly hopeful that Tami will pass her pre-transplant health screening evaluation to make sure she is strong enough to undergo the transplant procedure itself. On the optimistic side I can't help but wonder how much higher her counts are going to rise on their own.

At this point in time her doctors say she does still need a transplant. Though the improvement is good it isn't good enough to delay her need for a transplant or make a transplant unnecessary.

Posted by Stacie (Tami's cousin)

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