For this 200th blog update, I have some exciting news!
Talitha weighed in at the hospital today at 11.3 kilograms (24.9 pounds)!
Finally, for the first time in 200 days, she has exceeded her original weight of 11.2 kilograms (24.7 pounds) that was recorded when she first weighed in to begin this journey back in December of 2009.
As perhaps you can tell from the picture, Tali is liking--as opposed to tolerating--food again!
By way of additional update from today's hospital tests:
1. The echocardiogram went well. Tali's heart looks healthy and strong.
2. The blood tests showed good counts in everything but the white blood cells (WBC) and ANC. For some reason, her ANC dropped from 1,000 to 700 which means she is still very neutropenic. Because the rest of her counts are looking good, it means her new bone marrow is functioning. So they are reasoning that perhaps she has picked up a mild virus or two that the body is fighting. They indicated they are not overly concerned by the WBC and ANC drop because she is less than 50 days post-treatment. (If she were to still be having low counts like this 100 days post-treatment then that's another story.)
The first post-treatment tests are under the belt.
Now we "wait" for next week's tests.