As the rest of the famous (or infamous) Huey Lewis song goes, “I wanna new drug, one that won’t make me sick.” Unfortunately, when it comes to avoiding organ rejection, the medication is pretty heavy-hitting. I try to ignore the fine print and focus on the reality – the benefits far outweigh the potential risks, with ‘potential’ being the operative word here.
Addison is no longer taking Azathioprine, which is a cyto-toxin that is actually listed as a human carcinogen. She is now on Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). Along with Tacrolimus, Addison will be on these two drugs for the rest of her life. MMF, according to its wiki page, is 15 times more expensive than Azathioprine, but has fewer incidents of bone marrow suppression and opportunistic infections. Long-term, there is an increased risk of certain types of cancer. And MMF and pregnancy don’t mix at all. Our little girl has a long way to go (and if Aaron has his way not until she is 50 years old) before she contemplates pregnancy, but it does serve as a stark reminder -even though in so many ways Addison looks, acts and sounds like any other baby, she has a few additional speed bumps on the road ahead. The medication information even recommends using two forms of birth control to ensure prevention of accidental pregnancy for patients on MMF. Hmmm..can’t wait to have that ‘talk’ when Addison is a teenager!
A few more cute baby photos today. My mom has been on a crocheting frenzy to finish this adorable cocoon for Addison!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison