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taken 8/4/07

Courtney and her kids

Courtney and her kids
taken 8/4/07

Saturday, December 29, 2007

D+17 - Almost home

Christmas Eve and Christmas night were finally fever free nights, and on the 26th, Courtney was feeling so well that the doctors actually told her she could probably go home on Friday, December 28th. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. Here it is Saturday night and she’s still here in the hospital.

Early Wednesday morning Courtney’s fevers came back. Though the fevers didn’t spike as high as before, they lasted about 48 hours and delayed her discharge. The doctors wanted her fever free for at least 48 hours before sending her home. In the meantime they ran more tests to try to determine the source of her fever and rule out an infection of any kind. As of now all tests have come back negative and her fevers have since subsided and we still don’t know what was causing them.

The only reason Courtney is still in the hospital now is because of something that crept up earlier this week. Prior to the transplant Courtney tested positive for having “been exposed” to cytomegalovirus (CMV). Apparently this is a fact held true by about 80% of the adult population. This virus lays dormant in most people until their immune system is suppressed for whatever reason. Without treatment in can be life threatening, which is why the test for it in the first place. After the transplant they check her blood every 72 hours to see if the CMV is reactivating. Their tests can show that the virus is active before it begins to have any effects on the body. So, Courtney’s tests showed that the virus indeed had started to multiply and they began the IV administration of Foscarnet.

The regimen for Foscarnet is infusion of saline for 1 to 2 hours, infusion of Foscarnet for two hours and more saline for 1 to 2 hours. So, it’s about a six hour process and needs to be done twice a day until the CMV tests come back negative. After a negative test they continue to give her Foscarnet once a day until she completes three weeks of receiving the drug. While all of this can be done at home with the help of an IV pump, they wanted to wait until her latest CMV tests came back, hoping they could send her home with a once-a-day dose. This would make managing routine trips to the clinic a lot easier. I’m not sure how well IV pumps and poles travel. It would be cumbersome to say the least.

So, all continues to go relatively well with the transplant. The stems cells have done their thing wonderfully. And Courtney has fought through some crummy side effects valiantly. Fortunately, most of the unpleasantries have subsided including fever, rash, headaches, nausea and painful tingling. She's still fighting through a lack of appetite, some occasional nausea and fatigue. Nevertheless, she's ready to go home, spend time with the children and sleep in her own bed, uninterrupted through the night.

As it stands now, the plan is for Courtney to go home Monday, December 31st. That would be a tremendous moral victory for Courtney – to keep the hospital stays confined to 2007.


Jenny said...

We're praying she comes home tomorrow and doesn't have to enter a hospital for a very very long time! We're going to give you a salute tomorrow, with Roman candles! ;) Happy New Year!

Amy said...

Oh I sure hope you can come home tomorrow. We will say a few extra prayers before bedtime:) Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

2008 is coming very fast and I pray it is a wonderful year for the Flynn family. When my daughter was in Mayo hospital for a month due to an accident the summer before her senior year, we decorated her IV pole and yes we even gave it a name. We had decided that if you were going to yell at something for not going the correct way (because it was never the driver:)it should have a proper name yes even with a middle name to make it official. Courtney if you have to travel with your IV pole let your litte ones pick out it's name for you so they know who and what is causing all the comotion :)
2008 WILL BE A GOOD YEAR just repeat

Rhonda wi

Marla said...

Praying that you're going home today Courtney! Take care and Happy New Year!

Amber said...

Yippee!! Oh I so hope you get to go home today. As far as I can see 2008 can only be better. Hugs to you and your family!!


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