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Oct 14, 2021
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On Saturday, August 7th, Vicki was having difficulty breathing and, after a visit to urgent care, she was sent to the hospital. After a couple CT scans, it was determined that she had a blood clot in each lung, her legs, and her abdomen. While this was difficult enough, her white blood count was extremely high and it was suspected she had leukemia.
On Tuesday, August 10th, Vicki underwent a bone marrow biopsy and it was determined she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), which is the most common type of acute cancer in adults. The oncologists discussed with Vicki and her family the treatment options for AML and it was decided she would undergo a chemotherapy regimen of 5 days of injections and then three weeks of a chemo pill. The doctors are hopeful that she could get to remission after 4-6 months.
Because the blood clots (common among adults 70 years or older with leukemia) was so painful, Vicki remained in the hospital for over two weeks. During this time, she continued to receive platelet and whole blood transfusions. The doctors also had to get permission from the hospital to begin her chemo injections while still admitted. After a successful 5-days of injection, on Tuesday, August 24, Vicki was transported to a long-term acute hospital as she was still weak from the blood clots and was continuing to need transfusions.
Vicki remained in the long-term care until, riding out Hurricane Ida with the emergency health care team. On Saturday, September 4th, her care team determine she was well enough to be discharged. With her home still having no power due to the storm, Vicki went to stay with her sister outside of Baton Rouge with the hope of returning to her home as soon as she is able.