A unit of matched platelets was transfused this afernoon/evening with some side effects but nothing considered to be serious. Toward the end of the transfusion her temperature and blood pressure spiked but both were immediately controlled by medication.
Angela Bursler overall white blood cell count is still below what is considered to be normal but the neutrophils (specific type of white blood cell that is essential to the immune system) are now up to 1250 which is considered to be a safe state. This measurement was taken before this afternoon's transfusion which makes it an indicator that the bone marrow is repairing itself.
A dose of oxycodone this morning relieved her of her headaches and allowed her to rest. Blood pressure and fever subsided at the same time so there appears to be an obvious correlation between the three symptoms and just plain old rest. The kidney doctor okay'd the use of Lasix which is now being administered. She will feel even better once some of that excess water is removed. (Photo of her elbow is attached)
There were a lot of good signs today leaving us cautiously optimistic that she's turned the corner.
Prayers, thoughts and comments are very motivating. Both Angela and I thank each and every person who is in her corner pulling hard for her to beat this disease. If there is anyone in this world who can win this war it would be Angela. #heartofalion