Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I think I can see the bridge!

It's late Wednesday... it's been another long day, but hopefully the last one for a while!

Frank and I got the hospital early this morning for labs.
WBC is 5.67 coming back down after the growth shots.
Hct 32.8
Hgb 10.5
Platelets 32, up from 29 on Monday.

He's not going down in anything, which means his body is generating it's own cells. Nice transplant!

Your platelets have to be 50 to pull the CVL line, so they gave him some. Then, a 'not so short' wait in radiology and he was FREE from all appendages hanging off of him. He was so so excited about that. He said he felt human again.

We grabbed a quick bite of lunch to prepare us for the long wait to see the doctor. You know how that goes! We signed in at 2 and saw him at 5. Left at 6:30. Not too bad! We celebrated out last night here with dinner at The Purple Cow! The kids love it .... great milk shakes. We laughed so much we caused a scene.....we're so excited it's time to go home.

Dr. Barlogie said to come back in about a month and we'll see how this is holding. Our hope and his ~ and yours too ~ is that we would return with no lesions.

"And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord, it shall rejoice in his salvation. All my bones shall say, "Lord, who is like You?" Ps 35:9-10a

In the morning, Frank will have the vertebroplasty. They put liquid bone cement in between the vertebrae to keep the space open. They are working on T5, I think! We'll get there early for another bag of platelets (to keep them above 50), and head to radiology again. We should be out of there by 1pm.

The kids and I will pack up the apt while he rests and then..... we should be able to leave!!

Frank and I had that moment today.... that long stare in each others eyes.... that says SO much without saying a word..... and then.... we just High-fived!!! The realization that we're going home without any major complications, admissions, infections, etc. What a miracle. We've mentioned it many times, but we were so much more content this trip. The kids being here made a big difference. We are so proud of their attitudes and the adjustments they've made for our family.

Psalm 33: 20-22 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.

And for you... our faithful prayer partners!! We pray God would bring you peace and joy and blessings overflowing!

"I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you." Romans 1:12

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