Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hospital Stays

Pat will have to go into the hospital August 4 for a bone marrow biopsy. That is where they drill a hole into her hip, yes it hurts. So they are going to drug her well (hahah). She also my need some platelets at that time. So if any one is willing and able to donate some blood or platelets to the City of Hope that would be great.
(for those who can not read the strip it says : "you can have general anethesia or just be numbed from the wallet down") haha
She will then be admitted to City of Hope right after Labor Day she will be given some higher level Chemo to kill off her cancer cells for a week, and then she will receive the donor transplant. Then she will receive more chemo to wipe out the rest of her blood cells and to help accept the new cells. Then she will have to wait until the news cells set up shop in her bones. Then it is wait and see with her immune system after that. Once release from the Hospital she will have to stay close, so will set her up with the 5th wheel or in what City of Hope calls the Village. (where they have little apartments set up). She will see the doctor twice a week for a 100 days after released from the hospital. Then she can come home. However this schedule can change without notice and is just a general guide line and not set in stone by any means. If you have questions or what to make comments to Pat please do so there is a comment box at the need of each entry which then sends me and Pat an email with the comment. We would love to hear from all of you. I would love to know who if anyone is reading this.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Found a Donor

Pat, Joel and my self (Hope) all went to City of Hope today. Found out good news we have a Donor match. The donor is 33 years old, that is about all we know. They match my mom' s blood 11 points out of 12 which is great. So now begins the hard part for my mom to go through the transplant, so it looks like she will be admitted into the hospital right after labor day. Then it is 7 weeks in the hospital, then lots of different stages of recovery and time in recovery any where from 9 months to a year all in total. I will keep this blog updated as I get information. I will try to have my mom write something on it soon. I put a link of up for all those who want to found out more details about the transplant process. It is listed under Transplant process on the right hand side. Thank you all for your love and concern.