MARCH 28, 2018
Hi! Dr. Koffman’s daughter Heather writing here – my dad is napping. We’re on Day 7 post CAR-T infusion, now in the hospital at University of Washington. Dad was admitted early Wednesday morning with a fever. Since then he’s had a fever and chills and some serious shivering, all coming and going. We are reminding ourselves that all of this is a good thing. Dad’s inflammatory markers are up, which seems to indicate the CAR-T cells are doing their job.
Dad is anemic, which he thinks is related to the almost-liter of blood that’s been drawn over the past month. His neutrophils are low but they remain in a safe range and seem to have stabilized. His platelets, also, appear to have stabilized.
Onto the less medical updates: we’ve been in touch with the University of Washington Chabad, and they’re going to bring by a haggadah and Seder plate (vegan shank bone?) so we can celebrate Passover in the room tomorrow. The hospital room has a great view over Portage Lake and Montlake Cut, so we’ve been looking out at boats and trees and hoping to spot a heron.