Monthly archive for ‘ March, 2012 ’

Day +15

30th March 2012 | 1 Comment

They’re here!

29th March 2012 | 3 Comments

Alyssa has been so itchy the past few days from a rash that is covering her entire body and on top of that, she is still dealing with fevers that make her feel horrible. Alyssa has started to engraft! Her Tuesday counts were, WBC 0.7, and ANC was 100 (0.1). On Wednesday she had a […]


Day +11

26th March 2012 | 0 Comments

Alyssa has spent the last couple of days feeling good, sharing smiles and kisses, and having lots of fun playing. It was so wonderful to see her so happy. Last night though she started to feel a little warm and when her temperature was taken it was 37.5, which it ended up coming down on […]


Day +7

22nd March 2012 | 2 Comments

Alyssa had a great day! Her morning started off with her nurse practitioner examining her. While she was listening to Alyssa’s lungs, Alyssa thought it was a perfect time to smack her on the top of her head. We all couldn’t help but laugh. The funny, spunky, and feisty Alyssa was back. She had fun […]


Day +5

20th March 2012 | 2 Comments

The last few days have been a little rough for Alyssa. She just wanted to be held, and it seemed to be the only thing that would comfort her. The last chemo was given yesterday, which was supposed to give some relief to Alyssa, but it’s taking time. She has shown to be a little […]


Day +2

17th March 2012 | 1 Comment

As everyone is celebrating St. Patrick’s day, wearing green, drinking green beer, etc, I am wishing this day never existed. A year ago at this very moment Mark and I were driving Alyssa to the hospital back home in St. Catharines. She was not herself, lethargic, and pale. Little did we know that our lives […]


Day +1

16th March 2012 | 1 Comment

Alyssa’s transplant yesterday was very scary and very emotional. She layed in my arms as they syringed my cells through her central line into her tiny body. They had 5 large syringes full of my cells, I believe they said 160 ml. About half way through the transplant process, Alyssa started to react. She was […]


Day -1

14th March 2012 | 6 Comments

Alyssa had her last dose of ATG today and she did pretty well. Her morning bloodwork showed that she needed platelets and red blood cells, which she is getting as I am writing this. Alyssa is now sleeping so peacefully, getting lots of rest for her big day tomorrow, transplant day. Since Sunday, I have […]


Day -3

12th March 2012 | 0 Comments

The past few days have been very tiring for all. Alyssa started her ATG infusions yesterday. ATG stands for Anti-thymocyte globulin, which came from a rabbit. Yes…..a rabbit. Basically what happens is they inject a rabbit with human cells and the rabbit’s immune system reacts to it. Which they then take those antibodies produced by […]


Day -6

9th March 2012 | 0 Comments

Alyssa had a pretty good day today. She had so much fun playing with all of her toys and playing on the mat in her room. Lots of laughs, giggles, and squeals were heard from her. She has now shown all of the doctors how well she does with her routine vital signs. She sticks […]