Kevin’s transplant was scheduled for 9:00 am this morning. We were up just after 6:00 am and Kevin was starving… thanks to the steroids that were injected with the ATG treatment yesterday and the day before. He asked for peaches, instant oatmeal AND a canned ham sandwich for is REbithday breakfast! Just as I was packing our stuff, we received a phone call from the hospital to let us know that the stem cells were not at the hospital yet because the courier was “delayed”. We were told that they would call us back as soon as they had a timeline in place. Soon after that phone call, a BMT nurse confirmed that the cells were on route and asked us to come in for 2:30 pm so the transplant could start sometime between 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
Kevin experienced a rough morning dealing with chemo side effects, but seemed to be feeling much better when it was time to leave to go to the hospital.
When we arrived at the hospital, one of Kevin’s doctors greeted us and told us that he heard that his donor cells were being feisty at the border, which caused the delay. Once he got settled into his room, Kevin put on a pair of rabbit ears to make fun of the fact that he now had rabbit antibodies flowing through his veins. The doctors and nurses absolutely LOVED it and thought it was hilarious.
At 3:30 pm Kevin’s nurse said that it was going to be a while longer for the transplant because they had to complete their final testing on the cells. At 4:15 pm-ish, the cells finally arrived!
We took some pictures and the nurse hooked him up ASAP!
What an emotional moment! Kevin’s parents were able to join us today too, which was awesome. Everything seemed to be totally AWESOME… until Kevin started having stomach issues again… but worse. The chemo side effects decided to kick in full force to the point Kevin had pretty severe stomach cramping and diarrhea. (Sorry if that is TMI for you, but this is a medical blog so there is going to be some gory stuff… lol) By the time we got back home, his cramping and diarrhea got worse he also started vomiting… for the first time… all at the same time! =( He also spiked a fever of 38.2°C. I was afraid I was going to have to take him back to the hospital. But I waited 30 min (like the doctors say to do) and then I took his temp again and it was below 38°C (the panic – need to go to the hospital temp). Then, it was time for Kevin to take his 8pm meds, which included meds for nausea. Luckily he was able to keep them all down and rest. Hopefully things will stay settled until we are back at the hospital tomorrow morning at 8:00am.
Thank you so much to everyone who celebrated this special day with us on Facebook! Kevin was overwhelmed by all of the encouragement, love and support! He will get around to thanking everyone himself when he is feeling better! Here is the link to the event, if you would like to check it all out! http://www.facebook.com/events/449352855216463
Many people have asked me to explain exactly how the transplant is “done”. Well it’s a long complicated process that is not just done in one day. This is why we need to live in Ottawa for months. Kevin has a rough road ahead of him and things will get worse before they get better. If you would like to learn more, please visit the Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant page on our website.
If you ever have any questions whatsoever, please leave them in the comments or send me a direct message. Thanks for stopping by!