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kellym Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:20 AM

3 weeks post atg..waiting begins
Hello, ellas finally finished the atg, we had nearly a month hospital stay in the end, she had some serum sickness, she had the rash, aching bones, two infections, and a few high temps, but she did really well and they looked after her brilliantly. The two weeks on steroids was "fun" I had a constantly hungry and grumpy child lol, but her good nature has now returned!
All her blood counts are worse than before, theyve been up only a tiny bit then down again, she has no neutrophils at the moment and we are off for platelets later.
They told me this is normal, but the wait to see what happens is so hard and being in the hospital with no other patients that have aplastic was hard as no one really understands.

Hope your all winning the fight!

mscrzy1 Tue Mar 22, 2011 02:19 PM

I know it's hard to not obsess about every single cbc. AA is the worst disease for us type A people to get or have a family member get because we feel so out of control and being patient just drives us nuts. But, try your hardest to keep the faith.:) I went an entire year before seeing ANY type of stabilization or increase in my counts, but eventually my body did turn around. It may take time, but it can happen...even a year post-ATG.:)

kellym Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:14 PM

I'm glad it worked for you :)
It is really hard not to get worked up by every CBC..she had another today and nothings improved at all, it's even worse than before, it's all so upsetting, i would just a little bit of good news. It's so hard waiting.

Karenish Tue Mar 29, 2011 07:23 AM

Hang in there!
I finished my rabbit ATG last week and got through it relatively unscathed, but recent blood test shows platelets down to 19 so have to go in to clinic tomorrow, at first I burst into tears thinking it hasn't worked, but then remembered that we are all different, and sometimes it takes a while for the marrow to kick in and not to be so hard on myself. It is difficult (I am an occupational therapist) trying to be positive, but we are all unique individuals and as such will respond differently too. ATG takes a while to leave the system and it does destroy platelets which is why they tend to tranfuse you daily then every other day. My nutrifils kicked in very quickly so something must be working? But I do not have the other results to see if anything else is, on the humour side of things, I may be tired but at least I have a first line of defense with little infections. Try to take one day at a time, I find this helps, good luck xxx

kellym Tue Mar 29, 2011 01:11 PM

Hi again, thankyou for your lovely message.. Im trying to keep as positive as I can, I have up and down days like everyone else proberly does, I bet your training helps you to keep positive!

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