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After enjoying a beautiful summer traveling, gardening & working...mom woke up Sunday morning August 28th with a nosebleed.A nosebleed that wouldn't’t stop after several hours & landed her in the ER. Lab results showed she was Neutropenic and Aplastic Anemic.Both are extremely rare blood disorders. She has bounced in and out of the hospital and currently receives blood and platelet transfusions Several times a week. After 2 bone marrow biopsies and a comprehensive battery of tests her doctors ~ Dr. Ravapati & Dr. Vusirikala of UT Southwestern have made a decision to move forward with a nine-week ATG (Anti-Thymocyte Globulin ) treatment for severe Aplastic Anemia. ATG works by killing specific cells in your immune system called T-lymphocytes — the cells that are attacking bone marrow stem cells in aplastic anemia. This allows an aplastic anemia patient’s bone marrow to rebuild its supply of bone marrow stem cells, causing blood counts to go up.
If all goes as expected she will be an inpatient at the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital for five days and then remain in Dallas for eight weeks following for outpatient care. The doctor refers to the ATG Treatment as the 'shake and bake' ~shaking, chills & the bake kills everything inside.
PLEASE PLEASE PRAY AGAINST theae side effects - Chills, s - Seizures - Fever 105+ - Hives - Nausea - Severe Vomiting - Severe Diarrhea - Dizziness - Headache - Mouth sores We will travel Dallas Tuesday, November 1st to begin treatment Wednesday, November 2nd.ATG is tough. However, mom is tougher!