Today started with a fever that spiked at 39.5C during the wee hours. The search for the fever source turns up no hint of infection. The fever persists, albeit lower, all day and into the night.
Until yesterday, Aaron has been getting 100% oxygen. Oxygen, not surprisingly, oxidizes stuff, and 100% oxygen will eventually ruin tissue. Yesterday the Oxygen was reduced to 70%, but today it’s back up to 90%, as 70% wasn’t quite good enough to keep up with the body’s needs. It’s pretty clear there has been some lung damage. Most likely the damage is from a condition called Leukostasis, caused by the legions of mutant leukocytes that were present a few short days ago. As of now, there are virtually no white cells left alive….just legions of dead enemy cells that are stressing all the vital organs as Aaron’s body struggles to eliminate them.
Tonight, the last bag of Cytarabine will hang, and the initial onslaught will complete.