Here we are again at the MU hospital in room 27 on the 5th floor. I was rather surprised to find that the only open room on the floor this morning was my old one. We came in around 10:30 and the reinduction chemo was started by about 1:30. I haven't spoken with the oncologist yet (Dr. Anderson is attending this month) but the plan is to use Cytarabine, Etoposide and Mitoxantrone. I'll have three days of both the Cytarabine and Mitoxantrone, and the Etoposide for a day or two. The overall plan is three days of chemo, go home for a few days, and then come back on day eight, which will be the 19th, for another round. Not quite sure what happens after that, so I'll leave that for now. The side effects are very similar to last time, so we'll see how hard those hit. The only one I've noticed so far is blue urine. :-) The Mitoxantrone is navy blue, and effects both urine and the whites of the eyes.
We're still in the early communication stages with Barnes. Today we played phone tag with them regarding the preliminary steps towards getting my siblings tested. Several people have asked me to let them know if I don't have a match, so they can be tested. If it's something you're considering, I would encourage you to pray about registering anyway. There are so many people who desperately need a transplant and have to wait months or even years for their donor match. Right now I know of a 21 year old and an 18 month old who may be in need of donors in the near future. There is always someone, and you can make a difference in a life -- save a life -- even if you don't know the person.
I'll keep this short and write more in the coming days. Thank you, again, for all of your prayers and support.