Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Happy 39th Birthday, James!

Today is James’ birthday. Robert and I woke him up this morning by singing him “Happy Birthday” and smothering him with kisses.
James has been feeling good these past two weeks. His energy is still a bit low, but no nausea or stomach problems to speak of. He is feeling so good, in fact, that we are going out to dinner tonight with a few friends to celebrate his birthday.
We wanted to give you all an update on the status of James’ transplant.
We have received a tentative schedule from the doctor, as follows:
This week: James finishes his last round of chemotherapy
April 28th: James begins his hospital stay, undergoing intense chemotherapy and radiation
May 5th: James receives stem cell transplant
May 12th: James’ new bone marrow stem cells begin to reproduce healthy blood
May 26th-June 10th: James is released from hospital and begins home care
June-August: James’ body and new immune system continue to get to know each other, close monitoring required
September: If all has gone well, at this time James will begin to steadily improve and require less stringent medical attention.

These dates could be pushed out a week, depending on the doctor’s assessment of James’ health over the next few weeks.

An interesting note: we found out recently that the donor is a 41 year-old WOMAN! James will truly be in touch with his feminine side once he receives the transplant. ☺ His blood type will change from O+ to A+ as well. We are constantly amazed at the transplant process!

We will post a new entry when James enters the hospital so that everyone knows when the process has begun.

James has really enjoyed reading the notes you all have left in the comments section of this blog. Thanks for everyone’s support and encouragement.

Stacey and Robert