After a restless night of sleep and possibly an even more restless day of sleep, I finally remembered that this transplant meant a chance to live -- I really had nothing to lose -- lightened up and enjoyed what took all of about 20 minutes to complete. My wonderful brother needed to provide 2 million stem cells and we found out tonight he provided 9 million. They can use about 8 million to help me bounce back a little faster, the rest will be frozen. I am so thankful for all he went through for me today. He was hooked up to the pheresis machine for about 5 hours, so I definitely had the easy day.
Now begins the waiting game. My counts are at zero and I've lost weight again due to the mouth issues. Dr. Westervelt said I won't feel good for a while but they will do all they can to treat the symptoms. I've been taking advantage of the hospital's good fruit smoothies. I'm allowed fresh fruit and veggies here even though neutropenic since the food staff is trained to work with us. Everyone here has been so wonderful. I have been much encouraged.
I found the first chapter of James to be very comforting just prior to transplant, along with yesterday morning's "Morning & Evening" by Spurgeon.
I apologize that this seems so scattered. Thank you for your prayers.