Avery started her next chemo medicine today and spent most of the day just chillin’
.She started Anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG).
ATG is an infusion of horse or rabbit-derived antibodies against human T-cells and their precursors.
This is used in the prevention and treatment of acute rejection in transplantation.
Basically, it’s supposed to help fight off GVHD (graft vs host disease).
BTW, she is getting the rabbit ATG. It ran for about six hours this afternoon with vitals checked every 15 minutes.
Plus, the pre-meds (Zofran, Benadryl, and Tylenol) made her pretty comfy all day.
She simply wanted to lay on Mom and watch her videos. Of course, we never turn down her cuddles. They’re the best!
Tomorrow she’ll start Thiotepa.
Because this medicine permeates through her skin, there will be a lot of new precautions put into place.
- Baths every 6 hours.
- Constant diaper changes.
- No creams or lotions.
- No dressing on her central line (just a gauze wrap).
If it gets “stuck under something” on her body it could burn the skin.
So, it requires a few extra precautions to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Mom and Dad are home with Big Sis tonight to rest up for tomorrow and the rest of the week, while Papa and I get a bit of time with her before transplant.
As a reminder, WE’RE DAY-3 FOR TRANSPLANT.
Keep praying she continues to do well through the chemo, transplant day goes smoothly, and she has minimal side effects from the transplant.