- white (8K) and red (4.07) blood counts are close to within normal range
- platelets, which had been an issue due to the Valcyte (taken to prevent CMV complications), are now back into a normal range (148), even with the Valcyte
- bilirubin is down to the top of the normal range (1.2 from 1.4), indicating that the VOD is diminishing, and the liver and kidneys are now functioning well
- Susan's lost 10 lbs since last Friday, which suggests that the ascites is improving, as would be expected with the VOD resolving; consequently, her diuretic med is being dropped to once a day from 2X -- a big YEAH for one fewer pill a day.
- with respect to her cough, the X-ray (from last Friday) did show some fluid in the right lung, which Soiffer sees as likely being an extension of the ascites fluid build-up; he's watching it but is not overly concerned at this point, as pretty much everything seems to be moving in the right direction
- BOTTOM LINE: Susan is now just about back to where she should have been a month ago if all the complications hadn't set in; but she does look to be back (although she still complains of ascites pain), and Soiffer's pronounced himself "very happy" with her condition.
- Next Boston visit is scheduled for a week from Friday, when, with Dr. Soiffer being away, Susan will see Nurse Amy
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
DAY +56: Dr. Soiffer's Happy (so we are, too)
A good report from Boston: