Day +1: Kiira had a very rough night (and so did daddy since he stayed with her), with getting sick and even vomiting blood. So today Kiira slept all day. She received her Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC), which are adult stem cells that came from a different donor that doesn’t require a match. They can become any cells so the hope is they would become skin cells with the correct DNA. It’s an experimental thing, and since they might drop it from the next protocol, I’m guessing it doesn’t do much, but it can’t hurt. It was a much smaller dose, so Kiira tolerated it more. Since her hemoglobin was so high, they removed 75mL of blood from her. Instantly her skin got less red. We hope it will help her nausea and make her more alert too. My fear was that they were removing the good cells, but apparently those cells make it to the bone marrow within 12 hours. I’m quite impressed with how God designed our bodies to work so perfectly!
They started her on TPN (IV nutrition) and her medicine that helps stimulate the white blood cells. I’m definitely learning a lot! Other than doing her central line bandage change, it’s been a quiet day here.
Oh and she smells like cooked broccoli and I learned that’s from the preservatives in all the medicine she has in her. It’s quite appalling.
Pray that tomorrow Kiira can rouse enough to flash a big smile and that her new cells are growing and healing!