Last night was the same - up every two hours - we think that just might be our sleep pattern here in the hospital. Elena continues to battle side effects. Some have gotten better, others are worse. Today, Day - 1, is designed to be a day of rest. No chemo, no radiation. Elena is currently being given IV fluids, an anti-rejection drug, and a drug to help prevent VOD. All of these run at the same time through her central line, non-stop. She also has to take many medications by mouth three times a day.
Here's a picture of her morning pills:
Try taking those with mucositis and nausea!
Elena's strength and determination is amazing!
Tomorrow's the day - Day 0 - Transplant Day!
Elena's bone marrow transplant will take place right here in her room around 11:00 am.
A bone marrow transplant is an infusion procedure. It is not surgery. It's like receiving a blood transfusion through your central line, except instead of getting blood, Elena will be getting blood stem cells.
Elena will be receiving cord blood from an unrelated donor. These blood stem cells will arrive frozen. The cells will need to be thawed first and then infused using a syringe. The infusion usually takes less than 10-20 minutes.
Before the transfusion, Elena will be given medications to help with any possible side effects. During the transfusion, Elena will be hooked up to monitors and closely watched for any potential side effects, such as nausea and vomiting, headaches, an allergic reaction (shortness of breath, itching, chills), a hemolytic reaction (fever, back pain, red urine) and changes in heart rate or blood pressure.
Please pray that Elena will not experience any of these potential side effects.
Today, we will be praying through the same list we posted yesterday.
Pray that Elena will stay strong and battle through the negative side effects.
Pray that Elena's pain and other side effects will be managed.
Pray that each and every remaining leukemia cell in Elena's body has been killed by the radiation and chemo.
Pray that not a single cancer cell has survived.
Pray that the chemo and radiation has only harmed the cancer and not Elena's body or mind.
Pray that we can find joy in today, as we await tomorrow's transplant.
Pray that we will be able to find peace and rest in these days.
Pray that we hold fast to His truth - "You are the God who performs miracles." Psalm 77:14.
We pray you will be too.