Thursday, November 5, 2009


I haven't blogged in 2 months!! Shame on me. So much has been going on, I just haven't had the time or the energy to sit and blog.
John is going to have a stem cell transplant done. He went to Dana Farber for a consult and to schedule a date of admissions for the transplant. All this took place the end of Sept. He was told in Sept. he would have pretty much the month of Oct. to get his affairs in place, for he would be gone to Boston  for the month of Nov. (well pretty much the month of Nov.
It all began on Oct. 26th, John would need to have his stem cells harvested to be reinfused. He was lucky enough to be able to have his own stem cells reinfused. Some people are not so lucky and have to find a donor. Which makes everything much worse for the patient and family. When you have your own cells reinfused, there is less risk of infection and rejection, since it is your own.
John starting his harvesting on the 26th he would need 2 million cells. Either he would get them all harvested in 1 day or 2, we of course were hoping for 2 days, however as our luck would run he would have to harvest for  2 days. Which is fine, it is just a pain in the butt. We had to get a room in Boston for 2 nights. It takes 7 hours a day to harvest. By the time John is done he is so tired, and who feels like dealing with anything.
He did it! 2nd day!!!! Harvesting done!! WHOOOH!!! We get to go home for 6 days to turn around and come back so he can have the transplant done. Which brings me to present day....
Day 3, John had his first round of chemo last night (he will be getting chemo 2x's a day for 4 days), today will be his 2nd full day of chemo, they will start his 1st dose at 11 am, he will get his 2nd dose at 11 pm.
He did extremely well last night, he didn't get sick at all! Whew! He looks really good today, a little tired, but that is to be expected. Two more days of chemo and counting.
John is very strong willed, this surely will not get him down!
I will try my very best to give updates daily as I know all of you are concerned about John and his condition.
Thank you all!

Love and Hugs,

Cathie & John

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