Well dad's symptoms continued to get worse :( his tongue and throat are very swollen and full of sores making it very difficult and painful to talk and eat .... His energy and strength also continue to worsen. All of this is "to be expected" according to the doctors who are in no way alarmed by any of this - according to them everyday we get thru without contracting infection, pneumonia, or other complication is a GOOD day. so, we just have to keep making it thru - as i stated yesterday we have finally sort of mastered the right pain pill protocol so, honestly he sleeps almost constantly which is probably just as well. he did wake and manage through two walks today which was wonderful!! and he managed to eat "some" at each meal.
please pray that tomorrow would be the day when his symptoms and situation start taking that incredibly anticipated turn for the BETTER!
a lot of you have asked, how will we know when dad's transplant was a success? and there is not a simple answer to that question - as this is not an exact science in terms of when we know the real results... we are just waiting for the day to come when his counts start climbing and his bad symptoms start to fade and that will be a very very promising sign that the transplant was successful :) for now, he is still in the "worse before better" stage and his counts are all still bottomed out, he is not able to keep or make blood or platelets yet, so he is still receiving lots of transfusions. i hope that kind of explains the scenario - and we will continue to keep you posted each day as to his progress...... presently we just need all the prayers we can rally for him to reach that BLESSED day when things start to turn around :)
We love you all and thank you so much for all of your love, prayers, and support!