Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Day 0 Transplant Day
Big Praises for a smooth transplant!
This afternoon we are lifting up thanks and praises for all that God has done and continues to do in our lives. Elena's transplant went perfectly with none of the potential side effects associated with it. Thanks for all of the prayers that were lifted up on her behalf and for continuing to walk this road with us.
Unfortunately, not everything went as smoothly as the transplant did. Because of the fact that Elena has not been eating due to the onset of mucositis and increased nausea, the BMT team decided it was time for an NG tube to make sure that Elena receives all of the nutrients she needs to assist in her body's full recovery. While the insertion of the tube went well, Elena's acceptance of it did not. She immediately began crying and demanding that it be removed. After much discussion and pleading, with none of it being very pleasant and some of it almost night-marish, we convinced Elena to leave the tube in for an hour to see if it felt any better. After waiting the hour Elena was still very uncomfortable with the tube and a decision was made to remove it. We realized then that the timing of this procedure was completely wrong and it should have been done at a later date.
Once the tube was removed Elena began to settle down and we were able to talk with her about what had happened and what the next steps were going to be. We talked about the fact that without the tube, Elena was still going to have to swallow some of her daily pills by mouth. I am happy to say that she has since done just that and is now taking a well deserved nap. This girl has got substance!
Please pray for Elena to continue to fight, for her body to make a full and complete recovery, and for all of her side effects to lessen to the point of non-existence.
"As for me, I will call upon God; and He will save me. Evening and morning and noon, will I pray and cry out and He shall hear my voice. He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many with me (us)."