Two big tests have come back and they both have been EXACTLY what we wanted to hear! The first was called a 'chimerism.' This measures the DNA of the cells in her bone marrow. Because Rema was the donor of Camilla's 2nd transplant, what we wanted the chimerism to show was that her cells were '100% Donor 2 cells'...and they were! This is HUGE!
The second test was a CT scan to check her lungs from the pneumonia. They had been told that it wouldn't show any improvement for at least 3 weeks...wrong. It showed a great improvement.
Here is Camilla with her kitty, Embers. On the right is her buddies, James, Cody, and of course, Camilla.
More good news...I think today will be day 4 that Camilla is able to eat. She's not eating much, but she's eating...meat sticks and drinking a little. Plus, she's walking. Now, if you ask Camilla how she's doing, she'll tell you she's NOT doing good. My translation of this is...she's feeling good enough to realize how rotten she feels. A frustration she has right now is she will crave a food...and then when she gets it, it doesn't taste good to her. Her taste buds have been affected from the chemo...this happened before, but it's still frustrating.
One more piece of good news...When I posted about Camilla 'engrafting' on Day 10...that was when the neutrophils (is that how you spell it??? the white blood cells) took hold and began to make cells. But there is another 'engraftment' that happens and that is with platelets. Well, for Camilla this happened on Day 14, which according to Dr. Horowitz was not good...or great...but EXTRAORDINARY!
Dr. Horowitz said that at this stage of transplant, EVERYTHING is PERFECT! This is exactly what we love to hear. Camilla is now completely off her pain meds...and if everything keeps going along...she and Rema will leave the hospital Sunday and go home to Target House.
It's great to post such good news!!!