So far everything is "A-OK" with Reid's anticipated stem cell transplant. He received the three pre-admission injections which were to help with mouth sores. The doctor had told him that they would cause a coating on the cells to protect them. I guess they did because he developed a coating on his tongue which he finds a little annoying and which gives his food little taste. He also developed a red face which is a side effect of this medication. Yesterday he looked as if he'd been out in the sun way too long, but today it wasn't as noticeable.
He was admitted to the hospital on Monday evening. On Tuesday he was given a test dose of one of the chemo drugs and then blood was drawn every two hours all day. I believe this was to see how his body would react to the drug and how it was metabolized. This drug can cause seizures, so he had to take anti-seizure medication. The pharmacist told him that he must take this with the chemo drug and if he's ever unable to keep it down they will give it to him by IV.
Today was day -9 and a day of rest. No chemo was given and he was feeling just fine. We ordered lunch from room service and also took a ten minute walk outside the room wearing our gloves and masks. Reid doesn't have to wear a mask or gloves in his room, but everyone else does. He only has to wear them when he leaves the room. He also began a mouth regiment where he has to gargle four times a day with some special stuff (new medical term). This is also to help with mouth sores.
Tomorrow is day -8 and that is when the real chemo begins. His stem cells are scheduled to be returned to him on "day 0" which is March 11th. We're told that some people consider this their new birthday.
Over the weekend Troy told me to return the Netbook and I notified Amazon that I wanted to get a replacement. They immediately shipped a new one. It was here in two days! I can't say enough about Amazon's great service. I took it to the hospital today and then couldn't connect to their WiFi. Reid tried and he couldn't get it to work either. I was about to call MD Anderson's tech department but decided to try one more time. A box came up, I clicked it, and it worked. Unfortunately, I have no idea how I did it and now hope I can get it to connect tomorrow. We must have been doing something wrong. It gave me the option of saving the connection and I didn't. I was afraid that if I did it wouldn't work at the house. Now I'm kind of sorry I didn't just save the connection for the hospital since that's where I'll be using it most of the time. Wish me luck tomorrow.
I came home yesterday and went out on the deck to visit the cats. I looked up and saw this...
I also took a few pictures of the cats. Here's Atticus...
I'll try and post regular updates. It will be a long hospitalization and if anyone would like to send a note or card (nothing else is allowed) the address is:
c/o MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030
Thanks for your support and prayers.