Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bone Marrow Biopsy and City of Hope Visit

So today Pat, Joel, and myself (Hope) went to City of Hope for my mom to have her bone marrow biopsy. Which is funny from my point of view but not my mother's (Pat). She is very funny when coming out of the drugs they give her. Today when she came out she was talking to someone? about being a algebra teacher, so the doctor quizzed her about some equations. He was impress with her ability to do that kind of math that drugged. He stated it must be part of her cell structure. He was impressed. Pat came out of it great and they doctors stated that they got a good sample. So now She has another whole in her butt, but other than that everything went great. Pat's cancer numbers are up again. The doctor and us think this is due to the fact she was off her chemo for so long, with her trip and then getting sick. So they are starting her again with no break this time. In order to get the numbers back down. At this point the doctor does not think it will affect the transplant date, however the number do need to go back down before they can do the transplant. So send thoughts about cancer numbers down and good cells up. We will know more after her appointment next week. Doctor Parker wants to see her next week to discuss the biopsy results and her blood work results.

After her biopsy she then had to visit the social worker for City of Hope to make sure she is prepared for the transplant and that she has a good support system. We meet with Melisa and she was a LCSW and very nice. She seemed to think we had a pretty good support system ( I do too). Overall the visit went well. We were there most of the morning, from about 7:30am to 12:30pm Long day. By the end of the day I was done sitting still and was annoying my parents, not much has changed in 35 years. Oh well.

P.S. I found a website that does a great job of explaining the transplant process and all that goes with it. Here is the link: http://www.marrow.org/ once there then click on Patients & Families tap.

Thank you all for your caring thoughts and statement.

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