In the past three days, she's had 3 platelet and 1 red blood cell transfusion. She has a cold and is running a low grade fever. No other signs of infection, but is on antibiotics. She's not wanting to eat much, so we started her on IV nutrition tonight. Her WBC and Hemoglobin are ok, but her platelets and ANC are dropping. Her doctor thinks her body is not accepting the platelets because she is also fighting off virus. So now, they are going to try to get match platelets (match not only Ellie's blood type, but antibodies as well). But, that test can take up to 48 hours, and then they have to find and get the platelets that match hers. Bottom line, Ellie will be here for a few more days.
This is not uncommon during this period of treatment, but it's also not normal. For whatever reason, her body is taking a little longer to rebound. She is closely monitored, and has wonderful people helping her. In no way at all is this a relapse of leukemia. It's just the harsh reality of the treatment to keep the leukemia from returning.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
I'll try to add more specifics soon, but Ellie has been very clingy these past few days, thus making it difficult to type anything up on the computer. We went to the hospital on Tuesday night, literally within hours of me hitting "Publish" on the previous post. The attacks on Ellie and our family are real right now. Honestly, sometimes it's laughable. We are taking it day by day, knowing that Ellie is being protected and loved by our Father in Heaven.