A week +

I have been home from the hospital for a little over a week. So glad to be here. Everything is going great. Friday made day + 30 of my stem cell transplant and I feel incredible. 

My hemoglobin on Wednesday was 12.4. I have never been 12.4 in my life. More like 6.0 to maybe 8.0 my entire life. My life has changed  and it will never ever be the same. My life has been extended and I will no longer think about dying from sickle cell disease or what age will this disease kill me. 

I have a new life and once I’m able to get pass my recovery, I am going to take full advantage of my extended life. 

In the meantime while I’m recovering, I’m working on a relaunch set for October for my small soap business. I will absolutely put everything I have into this business and pass it on to my children’s, children. I have the energy to do so. Check us out at http://www.bodyrefnedbylabelle.com

Thank you God for all you have done for me. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

I’m free

I was officially discharged from the hospital today at noon. I am at home with my family and I am so happy. I still have a long recovery ahead of me but I am looking forward to it. My immune system is very compromised due to the chemo I received before the transplant but I know how to follow instructions. There is so many restrictions for me for at least another two months. I have a number of medication to take and I will take them happily 😊. I have the rest of my life ahead of me and all things are possible with God. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

It could be today!

After four weeks and a day, today could be the day that I receive my discharge papers. I’m feeling a bit giddy because I have been here before. About a week and a half ago I was suppose to go home and my platelets took a dive before I could make it out. Thank God I was still here. I definitely would not want it to happen after I left the hospital. 

My neutrophils are still low, so later today I will receive a shot to help those numbers come up. 

My four week stay is almost over. Thank you Jesus and I have learned patience in the process.

But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:4
Love Antoinette ❤️

Day + 19

I can say this has been a whirlwind experience. One day my numbers are up, and the next day my numbers are down. A few things I have learned since I had my stem cell transplant is, your numbers control everything. If they are not good you cannot do home. I feel great! I’m walking four times a day, I have no side effect from the chemo or total body irradiation. My tiredness and weakness is finally gone. 

However, I cannot go home due to my neutrophil count being low, (.3) today. These numbers play a major role in me being able to fight off infection. Before I received my brothers stem cells they had to get wipeout my immune system in order to receive the donor cells. 

Now that I have the donor cell, they have to connect with my bone marrow and grow to be able to fight infection. They are not right now and so I’m here in the hospital for almost four weeks just waiting. 

This is the best for me, considering I cannot fight off any infection like a normal person with a healthy immune system could. 

I’m grateful they are taking such great care of me. Although I would like to be home, this is the best place for me now.  

I see everything as a lesson. This lesson is teaching me patience. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Love Antoinette ❤️

Keeping my mind occupied…..

I have been in the hospital since June 8th for my stem cell transplant. For the first five days, I had conditioning, other medicine, and total body irradiation. I received my brothers stem cells on June 15. 

If you knew me, you would know that I need to seat down. I’m always doing something. 

So in that time, I have worked remotely, I have read, walked in the hallways, worked on a relaunch of my small business, etc! Our I also need to rest. Thank God for grace. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Next day!

 After being told my numbers are low, I did not get the opportunity to go home Monday or Thursday. I trust God to order my steps and when it’s time the lord will release me, like he has done so many times before. 

Now tonight,  I have so much energy I can’t even sleep. I have been up cleaning my hospital room. Smh it’s called boredom. 

Today if my platelets are still low, I will have to have a platelet transfusion to help them become stable. No platelets today. Maybe tomorrow. 

Prayerfully, in a few more days I will be at home if the Lord intended. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Today! 

Many things have happened since my last post. I thought I was going home however, that’s is not possible yet. My counts are low and they have to get better before home happens. White blood count, platelets, potassium low but nothing is to hard for god. 

I’m not discouraged. Ask this mountain to be removed. My prayer of faith. It’s done in Jesus name. 
Love Antoinette ❤️

Engraftment!!!

I got the best news today. The stem cells have engrafted and I am on my way. They said any where from 2 to 4 weeks.  God allowed one week. “The process in which the stem cells establish themselves in the bone marrow and begin to make new blood cells is called engraftment. It usually happens during the first two to four weeks after transplant.”

Although there are still counts that are low, my white blood count is 1.1 so it is still rising and I’m not required to wear a mask anymore. 

I also was told I will be going home next Thursday as long as all is still good or better.  God is sooooo amazing. 
Who could live without him. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

It’s rising!

My white blood cells are rising…. from 0.7 to 0.8.  I know that might not seem like a lot to some however, to me it means everything. 

Reasons why: 

1. Once I stabilize and my numbers rise, the faster I can go home. 

2. The faster I can go back to church and work. Right now I am on a two possible three month absences. 

I trust Jehovah God for everything. He made this possible and nothing is impossible for those that believe. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

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