Here's the news I got from Silviana this morning, who with her mom, Paula, is spending the weekend in Rochester. Marika's health improved so much Saturday that her breathing tube was removed Sunday morning - Whew!
To provide some perspective, Marika has had three physical challenges to deal with between her last post and today: her disease, Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL); the chemotherapy treatments, of which she has sampled a few; and the sedation she needed in order to recover her lung capacity, which had become compromised during her hospital stay. Intrepid warrior that she is, Marika is gaining steadily on all three fronts.
Marika's other good signs are a decrease in her white blood cell count, healthy appetite for food, asking for her friends, and showing good stamina for the aggressive treatment she needs to recover.
All in all, things are looking up, yet the road ahead is still long. You can expect any minute she will be back blogging with you directly. ~Janet