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Archive for May 10th, 2008

Complications: Update

It’s Saturday night. Chloe, Moriah & I came to Boston today and will stay in the Brookline Courtyard Marriott until Monday.

We spent several hours tonight at the hospital with Lina. The biopsies confirmed today that she has acute graft-versus-host-disease (aGVHD). And she is still having a rough time with its manifestations: vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, rash. Tomorrow, they will begin treating the aGVHD with intravenal steroids.

She had a bad fall today. The nurses thought she may have broken her hip and received a concussion. But x-rays and brain scans were negative. She just has more new pains – and a new bed alarm to let the nurses know when she is trying to get up.

The good news is that Lina’s transplant doctor tells us that if she can ride out the aGVHD without too much treatment it may actually be helpful to the long-term benefits of the stem cell transplant.