Tuesday, May 29, 2007

DLI #2 Update

So far no GVHD. I wasn't feeling great a few days after the infusion, and wondered if I was starting in with something, but it cleared up without treatment. I guess it's full speed ahead with next week's chemo and the final DLI on the 12th of June. I'll meet with Dr. Perry in the morning but I don't expect any changes to the plan.

Today finds me at SEU (Symptom Eval Unit) in the University Hospital. Due to the holiday, Ellis Fischel's AIU bumped me here for a day of platelet and blood transfusions. I haven't been here since I left last October, headed to transplant. It's been really great to see my old nurses, but it has also brought back a flood of memories, some I thought I had forgotten. When the hospital meal tray arrived at lunch I couldn't even touch it. Everyone remarks on how good I look, and I remember that "death warmed over" was probably a compliment when I left last year. Most of the nurses have never seen me with hair or some meat on my bones.



We're celebrating birthday week at our house -- Brandon and I both have birthdays within the same week and Gary is 18 months old today. We celebrated his 1 1/2 birthday yesterday -- yes, 1/2 birthday. I decided since I missed the first and don't know what will be going on with the 2nd, we were gonna woop it up for his 1 1/2. I'm excited about turning 26. Last year I declared to anyone who would listen how old I was getting and that I was never going to celebrate another birthday...what a difference a year makes. WIthin a month of that statement I was certainly eating my words. I said early in my blog posting that I had hope to see my 30th birthday -- and I still cling to that hope.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope you do, too, dear! I check your blog often to see how you are doing. I am happy to hear that things are going as well as they can be and that you are relishing life with your family. Shanda

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to all three of you.
You mighty muskeeteers!

Leslie said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Debra said...

Happy Happy Happy B-Day to all three of you!

Amy, you remain in my thoughts and prayers daily for strength, comfort, and healing.

God bless you.

Dawn said...

I'm so happy that you are having a birthday celebration! We can learn from you to celebrate every minute of every day.

Happi said...

I have faith that you will make it to thirty and beyond. We're praying and wish you BOTH a happy birthday!

Tammy C said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

My birthday is on the 30th.

Linda said...

Happy Birthday to you sweet girl and to your little one. Have a wonderful celebration.
We know who holds all our tomorrows and He is good.
Blessings to you Amy. You are in my prayers.

Kim said...

Happy Birthday, Amy!

I'm so glad you all are celebrating! Enjoy these precious days with Gary! I love that age! 18 months was always the most fun and cutest stages of my children...although I do love all stages, that one is really adorable!

I'm glad you are feeling well.

Kim

annb said...

Happy Birthday and I'm glad you are celebrating! It's it amazing what a difference time can make! Can you imagine what a world we would have if we all lived with no expectation of a tomorrow? I'm so happy that you are able to share in all the birthdays and pray - and believe that there will be many more!
annb

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GARY !
GOD BE WITH YOU !
WISHING YOU THE BEST
Phyllis

O said...

Happy Birthday to you--and your hubby--and happy half-birthday to your beautiful boy! May it be the start of a wonderful family tradition. Mine always did "half-birthday" parties for me since mine fell during holidays...I love the idea of the three of you celebrating together. Prayers and wishes for your birthdays from an internet lurker/prayer buddy!

Monica C. said...

Happy birthday to your whole family!! :)

I know you have the best present of all - the gift of life. Here's to many more years for you to blow out the candles in the years ahead.

I know you are a treasure to your friends and family - God bless,

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to the three of you!

It is very understandable that you would want to celebrate every milestone of your son's life. Celebrate it and record it. These are treasured memories, even if they are not ideal. But Gary will not remember ideal, he will only remember mommy and daddy.

This is the day that the Lord has made, whether we like it or not, so we may as well rejoice and be glad in it, right?

May the Lord grant you the desires of your heart.

Blessings,
Theresa

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to all three of you!
I am glad you are feeling well enough to celebrate! I hope you had lots of cake and ice-cream!

Love and many prayers,
Gina

Especially Heather said...

Thats my prayer too, Amy!

God bless,
Heather

Anonymous said...

Happy 1 1/2 b-day to Gary! :)
Rachel

Anonymous said...

We all would love to see some pictures from your birthday celebration. God Bless You!

Teresa said...

Happy Birthday to all of you!
We are still praying for you each day in our family. You are remembered and always in our hearts.

Christy said...

God bless all three of you. Happy, happy, happy birthdays!

Jessica said...

Girl! I hope you get to see your 80th birthday! Happy Birthday to all of you! I hope you celebrate with lots of cake and ice cream and birthday kisses!

April said...

The happiest of birthdays to you, and may the Lord bless the coming year! I continue to pray for your health, your hope, your family...be well, Amy!

Hugs!

Heather said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY!! Prayers for Blessings :)

Anonymous said...

Yea! Happy Birthday! I love you!
Emily

Linds said...

Happy Birthday to all three of you! Hold on to that dream, Amy. Lots of prayers, as always.

Lauren said...

Happy Birthdays!

Pam said...

Happy Birthday to all of you:)

I think a 1/2 birthday would be a wonderful thing to celebrate every year!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, dear Amy.
Happy Birthday to you!!

What a special day June 1st was 26 years ago when you came into our lives and our hearts -- a bouncing 9 lb. 7 oz. baby girl!! Have a wonderful birthday today since this is the day which the Lord has made. We will ALL rejoice and be glad in it. You are a precious daughter and we pray for many, many more birthdays ahead for you.
With lots of love,
Daddy and Mom

Trish said...

Happy Birthday!

Joyful Days said...

Birthday wishes & blessings. Continued prayers.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to all three. Hope the celebrations were memorable. We continue to pray for God's grace and healing. May the chemo go well this coming week and the the next transplant be the one that brings this disease to a halt.
Stay well,
Aunt Karen and Uncle Cliff

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to all of you! We are happy that you are all able to celebrate together.
Love, Natacha and Dema

Julie's Jewels said...

We too pray that you get to see your 30th birthday. I pray y'all have a wonderful birthday!! Its good to hear that you are doing so well. Praying that continues!! We love you and you all are in our prayers!!

Pamela said...

happy birthday from a reader.....
make your face shine upon us
-- Psalm 80:7