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 :)