Day 0…the countdown begins!Written by JKM on October 7th, 2008
Well, hellllooo there everyone!!
You may now call me JuLaura. My radiation went well this morning, especially because I was able to bring in my own CD. Remember when I was in isolation and I wrote about my new favorite song by Joshua Radin? Well, when I got out of isolation, Laura and my mom surprised me with his CD, so I took it in today. Despite the mellow tunes, it helped pump me up for the day ahead.
After radiation, my mom and I had some lunch and went up to visit Laura who was getting some fluids. She looks much better today, although I don’t think she’s 100% yet. Her arm is pretty yucky looking where they infiltrated it, but she’s feeling much better in terms of a headache and nausea.
At 2 PM, I went in to my room for the big transplant!! I got some premeds (Tylenol and Benadryl), and pretty soon the cells arrived…it looked just like a bag of blood.
Everything went smoothly. I also got an iv of magnesium because my level was a little bit low. After we finished, I just walked out and we came home! Pretty cool, huh? It was quite an exciting day, and although I know I may have bad days ahead, I have a good feeling about Laura’s healthy cells. It should take about 18-21 days before her cells start to engraft, so keep those prayers up! My next bone marrow aspirate and biopsy is November 4th, so hopefully with lots of visualization, prayers and good cells, it will show some healthy happy Laura cells.
When we got back from the clinic, I had a snack, talked on the phone a bit, ate some spaghetti, and then I went for a walk with Hollie and Kona. Now I’m getting ready to rest and relax, but I wanted to let you all know I’m doing well, and I’m thinking good thoughts!! Thank you for all your thoughts and well wishes. I can feel ‘em!Â Check out Laura’s post below for pictures from today!Â Thanks for putting them up, Laura!
Lots of love,
Julie/Laura (I’m a mix now)