Saturday, September 19, 2009

Day -4

Hunter rocked like a star for most of his ATG* infusion today. It wasn't until the seventh hour that he hit a wall, spiked a fever and needed an additional nap. Unfortunately, as he was finishing the dose of ATG, he got on all fours and threw up several times. The nurse gave him some Benadryl, Tylenol and an anti-nausea medication after we cleaned him and his crib. Hunter's fever hasn't completely subsided, but he seems more comfortable. Round two of Cytoxan begins at 10:00 pm. He will receive a blood transfusion afterwards because some of his blood counts are low due to the chemotherapy.

* ATG is a medicine made from horse serum that contains antibodies that help suppress the immune system. It helps to prevent the body from rejecting the new bone marrow cells from the donor. Also, ATG is used to treat graft-versus-host-disease. Some of the common side effects are fever, chills, rash or hives, decrease in white blood cells and platelet counts, and increased risk of infection.

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