I am so excited! John may have a donor!
Yesterday John called Hershey Medical Center (where he is going to have the bone marrow transplant) to ask if a donor was found for him yet. Ruth, the RN who handles such matters, was not in. So John left his name and number.
Well, Ruth called back at 8:30 AM today. She told John that one more thing needed to be checked, but they think they have found him a perfect match! A PERFECT match! She told him to keep positive, because when everything has matched as it has thus far, the last piece almost always matches too. She said by the time John comes to see Dr. Claxton in October, they will be finished with what they need to do, and will be sure whether or not it is a match.
I am so excited. Dr. Claxton told John at his initial appointment that he had an 80% chance of finding a donor. While this is a high percentage, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking, what if he was in that 20% who can't find a donor. Well, today's news is a good sign. It looks like his marrow type is not a real rare one.
So I hope they found a donor on the first check. Here's hoping and praying...