Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Finally, it's time for John's transplant

The time for John's transplant has finally arrived.  We got the call Monday that we should be at the Transplant Center on Thursday (Jan. 19) or Friday (Jan. 20).  So we will be driving down on Wednesday or Thursday (one day early) to settle in at Hope House where I will be staying while John is in the hospital.  Tomorrow we will get the call telling us which day we should come down.

The first day that John enters the hospital, he will have a chest port put in.  A chest port is a tube that goes into a vein in your chest.  From the chest port, he will receive fluids, any blood transfusions if he needs them, and the transplant will be given through the chest port.  Also, any blood that needs to be drawn will be done through the chest port.  The purpose of this is so that John will not have to be repeatedly stuck again and again, he will just have the line inserted and kept in, probably for several months. 

The day after he has the chest port put in, he will have chemo.  He will probably have chemo four days in a row.  Then the next day he will have the transplant.  Bone marrow cells from the donor's body will be put into his body through the chest port.  They told him that somehow the cells know where to go! 

He will then be moved to the Transplant floor where he will begin his recovery. 

After he is released from the hospital, he will stay with me at Hope House.  He will report to the hospital daily, and eventually every other day, for four to five weeks. 

It is a wonderful hospital, and I have complete faith in the medical staff there.  I know this is going to be a hard road for John, but I believe he is going to make it.  Please keep him in your prayers.

This is the last entry I am going to write in this journal for a little while, because I am keeping my other journal up to date, my private one - John's Journey With MDS.  If you are not already a reader of that journal, but would like to be, put a comment in the comments section , and I will add you. 

Take care you all, Krissy :)    

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Texas Flag Dew Rag


What a mug!  I snapped this shot because John was trying on a "dew rag" that a friend sent him.  As a matter of fact, several of you have sent him a dew rag or tie-back cap.  We want to thank you for that.  

John's bone marrow transplant is coming up some time in January.  First he is going to have chemo.  He was told his hair would fall out during chemo.  He needs the dew rags and tie-back caps (surgical scrub caps) to keep his head warm.

This particular dew rag is the Texas Flag!  It was sent to him by a Texan who is proud of her state.  I call this his Texas Flag Dew Rag, lol. 

Well, everyone take care, love Krissy :)

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