Monday November 22, 1999
She's actually been out since last Thursday, but I've been too busy to update the page. She was released 29 days after transplant which is pretty amazing. The photo at right is of Alex with her two favorite nurses Trish and Michelle on Freedom Day!
Today we got even more amazing news. THE CELLS BEING PRODUCED ARE FROM THE DONOR AND HER BLOOD TYPE IS NOW B+!!! This means that she is definitely engrafted! They still need to do a bone marrow aspirate on December 7th to make sure there is no sign of cancer cells, but so far everything is looking great.
Alex has lots of energy and is running around the apartment like a little tornado. She's really enjoying the freedom of wandering from room to room, especially when she's not hooked up to an IV pump. It is so great to have the whole family together in one place. The only downside is that Andrea and I are pretty exhausted as we're not getting much sleep. Between constantly hooking up IVs, spending 2-4 hours in clinic and having to clean up her 11 pm and 5 am vomiting (every day since we've been home), there's not much time to sleep or work. We have to go to clinic every day for the next 12 days. After that, if everything goes well, we'll only have to go twice a week and whenever she needs transfusions. Hopefully things will calm down before we have to start taking large doses of NoDoze!
The picture to the right was taken today and as you can see Alex is looking fantastic. It's hard to believe that 3 weeks ago she was too sick to even get out of bed. I know I probably sound like a broken record, but there's still a lot of hurdles to get over. So far we have been incredibly blessed and for that we have to thank God and all of you who have been praying for Alex. Thanks again to everyone for your prayers, love, support, phone cards, gift certificates, food, coupons, and financial help. We don't know where we would be without all of you. Take care.
Todd, Andrea, & Alex Martini
P.S. Check out the new Affiliates for Alex page!
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