Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Visit to Salt Lake

Well... Yesterday I noticed that I had red dots covering my legs. This doesn't sound like anything serious at all, but anytime anything happens you're supposed to call the doctors. That's the joy of being a post transplant kid. We figured that the dots were petechiae, which can be a sign of low platelets. So we had to go up and get tested, and that is exactly what it was, due to the fact that my platelets were at 8,000....and normal range is 150,000. Low platelets could mean that I am trying to still bounce back from my virus, or it could be a sign of Graft vs Host disease. We are praying that it isn't the latter of the two, I go back this Wednesday to see if the platelet transfusion did what it was supposed to.

If it ends up being Graft vs Host then it is considered chronic, and I will have to be treated with high doses of steroids. Please help us pray that my platelets will shoot back up. Steroids don't sound all that fun to me, and they aren't even the kind that would help with athletic performance :P yes, I did ask that haha. Hopefully everything will be good so I can continue to get strong and return to school for my senior year next year. As much as I love being a hermit, I don't think I will ever take school for granted again. Thank you for all of the support, every little bit helps. I will keep you updated.



  1. I will pray for you to have the easy recovery and not the host version. Get strong and know that you are loved!

  2. Yikes. I wish we could blame the red dots on Waldo nipping at you. More prayers coming your way... saying no to the steroids. Love you!

  3. Rach, You are in my prayers! I am hoping that this will just be a tiny bump in the road and keep you moving toward your senior yr!!
    I love you and am praying for you daily!
    I am sorry I haven't talked to you all in a bit!
    I miss you all so much!
    Love you, Shelley

  4. Coreyne MortensonMarch 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Praying always. I'll include platelets along with your kidneys. Very proud of you and your strength. Hope everything gets back to perfect working order. Love you lots

  5. Oh no, not low platelets. I hope it's just your virus and not GVHD. I will say extra prayers for you today. Get better quickly. (I edited all my exclamation points just for you - ha ha.)

  6. We've been thinking and wondering about you ever since Saturday morning - thanks for the update. Now we're praying hard that it's not GVHD! Keep us updated.

  7. Praying for just a small bump. Love you Shelbys grandma