Friday, April 08, 2016

Day Minus 5: Admit Day

Today Abby gets admitted.

She got to stay at a freinds house for the last few nights so that was really nice.  Great to be able to cook her buttered noodles, and have her rest in a comfortable place.

Here spinal tap with AraC is scheduled for 11amish.  That will target any remaining cancer cells that may have passed through the blood/brain barrier. Last time she did this it made her super nauseous and vomity (is that a real word?). Anyway, pray that it doesn't cause that this time.

The radiation is over.  She did really well.  Day one was actually the worst and then the 2nd and 3rd days were all pretty good.  Thanks for the prayers and please continue them for that big list of side-effects on the last post.

Heres a look at our week:

  • Friday= Admit + IT AraC.  Clorox wipe all items that we bring into the room at the door, set up Abby's new room (hoping its on the sunny side of the hospital).
  • Saturday, Sunday, Monday = Chemo, Chemo, Chemo.  This on is a big gun chemo drug that she's never had before.  This, along with the radiation, will destroy her marrow and make room for Anna's marrow to effectively graft in. Lots of possible side-effect here too, hearing loss, reactions, mouth sores, intestine sores and other things that would cause pain.  Please pray for those as well.
  • Tues= Wait and help Anna who will probably be really nervous.
  • Wednesday= Day 0.  Transplant day.  Anna will go under, get the bone marrow harvested, they will spin it down to just stem cells and get more marrow if needed (she'll be under for about 4 hours).  Once all of the marrow is ready to go, they will bring it up to Abby, hook her up on an IV and drip it in.  The stem cells will make their way to her marrow, graft in, and grow new blood for Abby.
  • Day 1-21 = We don't know what this will look like but we'll keep you up-to-date for sure. Probably there will be a lot of waiting, a lot of symptom care, pain care, and keeping her from getting (or treating any) infections.
Hard to believe we are actually doing this.  One day at a time, right?!

1 comment:

Joan said...

I lifted Abby and all of you in our prayer time this morning at Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh NC - Blessings on each of you.