Anti-rejection med started. ✔️
Today is Day 0. Transplant Day and Casady Blood Drive
The past few days have been interesting to say the least. All of the effects of the meds are catching up with him and he just hasn't been himself. He finally got really good sleep last night. He's been exhausted! His kidneys are hard at work but we are back in a situation of metabolic confusion with all of his electrolytes needing support and supplementation. Please pray for the doctors as they keep the tabs on everything. They say he looks better than numbers on paper say he looks. It's yet another indicator of how hard he's fighting everything coming at him!
He continues to eat some during the day which is a good sign for a few reasons. Aside from the obvious, it means he hasn't developed any mouth sores yet. Just the thought of this is miserable and I pray God is merciful in this part of the possibilities.
Being ready for transplant is exactly where we want to be. But, honestly, my emotions are mixed with frustration and sadness this week. I've had on my game face, especially for Adeline, as we all talk about spending Christmas in the hospital. "Christmas finds us no matter where we are. We'll be together and that's the best thing." I believe all of that but we were supposed to be HOME by now!!! I remind myself that this is God's timing, not ours. The sacrifices being made extend so far beyond me and that's hard to live with some days! As I dream about being able to "pay it forward", it doesn't seem like I'll ever be able to show enough gratitude for all that's being done for us! Your prayers, thoughts, words, and deeds have changed us. I'll continue to say THANK YOU because it's all I can say.
They tell us will be rather anti-climactic. The transplant procedure will LOOK like a blood transfusion but it will be so much more! The process is full of waiting for his body to recognize the new cells and allow them to starting working for him. A good friend remarked that this time of chemo has been like the season as Advent--the time of preparation before Christmas. It's the time his body has needed to prepare for the newness of life that comes from this gift of bone marrow, much like we are given life with Christ. God's timing. Yes. Yes, it is.