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taken 8/4/07

Courtney and her kids

Courtney and her kids
taken 8/4/07

Friday, November 2, 2007

Day 5 Consolidation - Blood Patch

After four days of a nearly debilitating headache, Courtney received what is called a blood patch. A neuroradiologist injected some of Courtney’s blood into the epidural space where they gave her a spinal tap. The makes sort of a patch to stave the leaking spinal fluid which was the likely cause of her severe headache. While this probably won’t completely make the pain go away, it should help significantly. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a pleasant experience for Courtney. Especially since they had to basically do it twice since the first time they determined they had approached from a bad angle. Everything was done with fluoroscopy so they could tell exactly where to put they patch. So, while she has a sore back and her head aches slightly, she feels better now than she has since Monday.

Today is also the last day of Courtney’s chemo during this consolidation therapy. She won’t need another dose of chemo until her bone marrow transplant, which should be in about four to five weeks.

Courtney will probably be coming home tomorrow. Over the next few days her WBC’s will be dropping just like they did during her last chemotherapy treatment. This means that we’ll have to take precautions, similar to the ones we had to take when she was in the hospital. It could likely be a very difficult two weeks ahead of us. We’re hoping and praying that things don’t go south for Courtney as bad as they did last time. Unfortunately there’s no way to know for sure how things are going to go. So, in the mean time our goal is to keep Courtney in a clean and comfortable environment. We’ll have to limit visitors, but feel free to call to see if Courtney is up for a chat!


Amy said...

I had no idea what to expect with a title like "blood patch".
Good to hear that the pain has subsided for the most part. We will continue to pray that you can come home tomorrow and that you stay fever free!

comical5 said...

Courtney, so glad to hear that you made it home today and that you are resting comfortably. We hope you have a good recovery week ahead and that germs will be kept to a minimum!

We are having our final primary program practice tomorrow and the program next week. I know you can't physically be there with us, but you will be there in spirit!! We can't wait to have you back with us.
Emily, Roberto & Family

A. Blake said...

Hey Courtney and Todd,
its Blake and all of us here at Harris 7. We are keeping up and praying for you guys. We were sad when we heard you weren't coming back to Harris, but we are glad you are getting great care and an upgrade on the room. Keep Fighting!! God Bless
Harris 7 staff.

Vicki said...

We were sorry to hear about the headaches. I've never heard of a blood patch, but then I've never heard of a lot of things until Courtney got sick and you started this website. I hope the worst of that pain is behind her and that now that this round of chemo is coming to an end, you'll have better days ahead. Love, Ron and Vicki


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