Ana’s labs from Monday show an improvement in all of her enzymes again (well, one did go up slightly but it’s still within normal range). Her GGT (a liver enzyme) is in normal range for the first time since her transplant and her tacro level was good enough that Dr. Martinez feels comfortable taking her off of prednisone completely! She has been on some level of prednisone since February when she had her transplant, so this is really a huge medication milestone. She also going to get labs drawn every other week – another milestone (she’s been getting labs drawn weekly since May when she had the rejection episode).
This is an exciting and hopeful time. It’s a major step towards a more normal and manageable existence for all of us (especially Ana). I have some anxiety about it as well – will stopping the prednisone cause another episode of rejection? Hopefully not and she does need to come off of this drug. There was also something comforting (from my perspective) about having her enzymes checked every week. But obviously it’s better for Ana to stay away from needles and hospitals as much as possible. I don’t want to turn into a complete overprotective basket case, after all (too late).