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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

6/03/2007: Another Small Bump in the Road

"Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence—as a compliment from God." -- Henry Ward Beecher

Appearing Friday for our regularly scheduled labtests and visit with Dr. Nakamura at City of Hope, we were told that my platelets count required a blood transfusion, so that was scheduled and accomplished with a 5-hour outpatient visit at COH yesterday.

I noticed an immediate difference in my energy level, so the blood must have come from a teenager or I needed the three hour nap that I took during the transfusion. Perhaps both are true.

We are due back this week at COH for more lab work and follow up visits and then a June 15 consultation to determine whether to proceed with the second round of the Hyper-C Vad therapy, again, a 3-4 day stay in the hospital for the chemotherapy.
For those of you who do not know, my middle brother, Bob, proved not to be a match for the alloegneic stem cell transplant, so attention now turns to the some 400 non-related donors in the national database. We are fortunate that there are so many possibilities, a pool that will be winnowed down to some 10 or 12 candidates. The procedure is now due to start sometime before the end of July when I can anticipate a 6-week stay in the hospital followed by six months or longer of home recuperation.

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