It was a long night.
The ICU attending doctor sat outside the room watching the monitor as the cells went in. We were told by a few doctors to expect the worst. High fevers, breathing difficulties, and that Phoebe may need a ventilator. We tried to emotionally prepare for the possibility that Phoebe would need breathing support, and be put on a ventilator. We were and are terrified. How does someone prepare to see their child hooked up to a breathing machine? Thankfully, Phoebe sailed through the transfusion and required very little support.
This morning, Phoebe's ANC is 2600 - that is 2600 cells that are fighting infection. Things are looking up. These cells will only last in Phoebe's body for two days at most, so we need her own immune system to recover for her to truly heal. To help her through and because the first dose of cells was so well tolerated, she will receive another dose today.
We are seeing some improvements, but Phoebe is still very sick. We are hopeful. Always hopeful, but anxious for a day without fevers.