Tom has GVHD (Graft Versus Host Disease) now. He showed signs of it from a reddish, itchy rash he has all over his arms and legs and a biopsy confirmed it. The doctor says it's nothing to be alarmed about. He said it's actually good in a way b/c the doctors can treat it early. This actually reduces the chance of the leukemia ever returning. If the graft wins (overtakes Tom's body, the host) then Tom wins. The donor's cells are battling Tom's body right now - trying to get used to their new home - and Tom's body is trying to evict them. His immune system is so incredibily weak that it can barely fight back, so the odds are definitely in his favor. Other than that, he's doing ok.
He got to see Katie yesterday! The nurses allowed Tom to leave the bone marrow ward and visit with us in a family room. He was fully protected - mask, gown, gloves, booties - so it was safe. They enjoyed their time together. Tom stayed with us for about 15 minutes before he had to go lay down.