Today is our official "admissions day" - which is called "Day -7" - tomorrow will be -6 and so on till Day 0 which is transplant day and then they start counting up from there.
Yesterday, Dad and I went to the last of his outpatient appointments: one with the social worker, one to get a last set of labs, and one with his Stem Cell Transplant Doctor to sign all the final release/consent papers. They all went well but, nothing like all the medical risks and sign-off's to give you a dose of scary reality...... They basically told us that 50% of patients who undergo the transplant, experience no return of their disease, while 25% do have return of their disease and the remaining 25% do not live through the transplant process due to any number of transplant or infection related complications. So, basically we have a 50/50 shot "statistically speaking" and the bad end of the 50% was a little more grimacing than we had realized- with 25% of patients dying of complications...... BUT, we are reporting that, not to be negative- only to share the info with all of our loved ones, so that everyone knows the situation without us having to relay it separately to everyone :) - Please understand that WE feel like dad is already ahead of the stats because of his overall youth and vitality- not to mention his warrior attitude!!! So, we are going forward intending to accept NOTHING LESS than TOTAL SUCCESS & HEALING and a long and healthy, disease FREE future for dad!!! :)
Well, now that that is out of the way, I wanted to share with you the schedule going forward:
Today is Admission Day,
Tomorrow and the following 3 days (so, 4 total) will be when he receives the serious Chemotherapy,
Then he has 2 days of Anti-rejection immune supressing medications,
Then we are at Day 0 = Transplant Day!! (done basically the same way as a blood transfusion in his room)
Followed by 2 days of Rituximab Chemotherapy.
So, that is the basic schedule for the upcoming days!
We enjoyed a nice evening last night - watched an entertaining movie and then hung out on the roof patio for some fresh air and a beautiful view till almost midnight :)
I will update again tonight to let everyone know that he is settled into his room :)
Please keep the prayers coming, along with the positive thoughts - they have not let us down - :) - We have been feeling the incredible power of prayer and God's Hand over all of this :)