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November 28, 2012

Even lower immunity

Anna's ability to fight off infection is even lower right now.  Her latest blood work from this morning show that her ANC (absolute neutrophil count) and white blood cell count are very low.  We had hoped that once she had stopped receiving ganciclovir that the numbers would rise, but instead they fell sharply.  She's going to be starting a medication called Neupogen.  There's a catch though - the medication is administered subcutaneously.  So tomorrow Missy, our home health nurse, is stopping by to teach me to do just that. Anna was really upset when she found out, but after receiving her first dose at the hospital this afternoon and realizing that the needle is really small, she's calmed down a little bit.  She's frustrated that we are now living in our own little bubble for now to stay away from people and germs.  I don't blame her, I've been getting cabin fever too.