Thursday, October 20, 2005

Bone Marrow Biopsy

Well, we survived.  Awhile ago John and I got back from Hershey Medical Center where John had a check up with his oncologist.  The check up turned into a bone marrow biopsy.  This is a painful procedure in which the oncologist removes some bone marrow from the patient.  This time they gave John two atavan, morphine, and a bunch of local anesthetics.  He has had bone marrow biopsies done four times before at a different hospital.  The Hershey staff was surprised to learn that the other hospital did not use atavan or morphine. This time, due to the medication and the Hershey doctor's greater experience, the procedure hurt John a lot less.

John's oncologist (transplant specialist) asked him to call in one week to get the results of the bone marrow biopsy.  The biopsy should indicate the progression of his bone marrow cancer, and help to determine when the transplant needs to be done.  Barring an emergency, John doesn't have to come back for six weeks (Dec. 1).

Now that the appointment is finally over, John is feeling relieved.  He says the anticipation was worse than the
procedure itself.  And feeling good on the morphine is not hurting him either right now, lol. 

I will give a further update when we have the results from the bone marrow biopsy.

Take care you all,  Krissy :)

35 comments:

  1. I've heard that these procedures can be very painful.  I'm so sorry your John has to go thru this ordeal.  We will just continue to lift him (and you) up in prayer, especially this next week as you wait for results.  

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  2. I wish you both all the best.
    Lenise

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  3. Krissy; I'm so glad they gave him something to relax him and for the pain. Praying for the results to be good :)

    Glad you got back safe and sound.

    betty

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  4. Wow Krissy...amazing how they could NOT give him something to ease the pain of the procedure....seems so wrong.  Anyway, glad it's over.  Now maybe you could borrow some Morphine for yourself to deal with this!  
    Nancy

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  5. etherealpeachy10/20/2005 11:27 PM

    keeping you and John in prayer,  Blessings.

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  6. I am so glad that they gave him meds to help with the pain:) Praying for you both

    Deb

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  7. princesssaurora10/20/2005 11:57 PM

    Krissy,

    It sounds like Hershey is the right place to be and that you are in very good hands.  Dealing with cancer is hard enough, being under-medicated for painful procedures is unacceptable in this day and age.  I am so glad it went well and will be looking forward to the update... Prayers coming as always.

    Be well,
    Dawn

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  8. Good hospital! Nothing like a bad experience to put you off ever wanting to repeat that kind of test ever again. Glad he got through it ok! Hope the results are good.

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  9. heathyrxmarie10/21/2005 1:55 AM

    I'm praying that it turns out to be a positive outcome!  Hugs to you and John!
    Hugs,
    xoxo
    Heather

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  10. So glad that John was given some pain killing medication, Krissy. Hope the results are good. You are still in my prayers.

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  11. Praying for good results. Glad they gave him some good drugs !! The less pain the better !

    Ellen

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  12. Good Morning Krissy,
    Thanks for the update. Praying for both of you. Good to hear that the procedure at Hershey, didn't hurt John as much. Sounds like a really good place. Take care. ~Deborah

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  13. I'm glad they were able to make that grueling procedure a little less so.

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  14. I am so glad it wasn't as bad as before...Lucky for my daughter, she had her bone marrow biopsy done at the same time as the biopsy of the lymph nodes in her chest, so she was already asleep for it...let's hope things go well for John from here...JAE

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  15. I pray all is well!

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  16. sarajanesmiles10/21/2005 12:25 PM

    Thoughts and prayers for you both my dear.
    Sara   x

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  17. Anticipation can drive a perron real anxious....prayer.......Kasey

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  18. I`m so pleased that the proceedure went well and that John didn`t have too much discomfort.  Thinking of you both.  Take care. :-)

    Sandra xxxx

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  19. Praying for John and you. Give me a holler if there's anything I can do.

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  20. Man why does it take so long to find a medical facility that has great compassion for their patients.  I'm so sorry you two have to go through this.  Your openess and sharing of your experience with others is for a purpose greater than any of us now realize.  Who know who will need this information when.  Blessing to you both.

    Marlene-PruelyPoetry

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  21. love2sing200710/21/2005 5:00 PM

    Hey Krissy!  I'm praying for John and that the results come back the way we want them to.  God bless the doctors and the amazing experience they have to help ease John's pain!  -Kellen

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  22. shermeen062110/21/2005 5:12 PM

    I'll be sure to keep John and yourself in my prayers. i hope that you're both able to relax some until you get the results.

    take care, shermeen xx
    http://journals.aol.co.uk/shermeen0621/PublicThoughts/

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  23. Glad to hear that he had an easier go of it!

    Chris
    http://journals.aol.com/swibirun/Inanethoughtsandinsaneramblings
    http://www.bigoven.com/~swibirun

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  24. (((CONGRATS))) and Blessings to you and JOHN...FLAVA

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  25. hestiahomeschool10/22/2005 12:26 AM

    I have been registered to be a bone marrow donor for over twenty years. My little brother had leukemia...

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  26. dreamingbrwneyes10/22/2005 1:02 AM

    I continue to pray for you both.

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  27. Congratulations on your Vivi nomination!  Peace to you and John.

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  28. I'm praying for you both.  (((HUGS)))  'On Ya' - ma

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  29. Congratulations Krissy!
    Jodi
    http://journals.aol.com/jouell3935/Haveyoulostyourmind
    http://journals.aol.com/jouell3935/Messages/

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  30. Glad the procedure went well and there was less pain. Warm thoughts your way.

    Julie

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  31. praying for you both fervently.

    Love, hugs
    angelrose

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  32. Krissy and John........I was so worried about you and I couldnt get computer to work so I could find out how things went.   Poor John...I hate for him to have to go through this ,,,,,But with all of us praying I just know he will be okay....Krissy, you take care of you to,,,,,,love and hugs    and I am here for you
                                                         MoodyMyke

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  33. Much hope and prayer that John is coping with his illness.  I am glad that he was given proper pain relief from his biopsy.    mark

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  34. glad that went over good for u

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  35. Krissy & John.......you are both in my thoughts & prayers. Take care.

    --Tom

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