Steve Friend's Journal
Written Feb 5, 2010 7:12pmWinterery weather is upon us, as we anticipate heading back to Cleveland on Monday, February 8th, for Steve's bone marrow biopsy and hickman line removal, along with his routine lab work and chest xray.
Although we've past his +100 day mark (he's at +108), we are still being careful when we go out as far as the crowds are concerned, especially since we're still in flu/cold season.
So far though, we both feel so blessed that Steve has done well.
What a journey it has been, and with more still to come.
Thanks to God for His continued blessings.
Written Feb 2, 2010 5:20pm
Good evening, all!
It's been a while since I've posted anything, so here's the latest.
I'm still feeling well, and the doctor reports that all of my bloodwork looks great.
I've passed the 100 day mark (105 days, I think), and so far so good. I've not experienced any "graft versus host" disease and that's a good thing.
Next on the agenda is a trip to the Cleveland Clinic on Monday, February 8th. In addition to the routine bloodwork and appointment with Dr. Sobecks, I'm scheduled to have a bone marrow biopsy and they are going to remove my Hickman port.
The bone marrow biopsy will confirm what they think they already know, which is that the donor's stem cells have grafted into my marrow.
After they remove the port, I'm hoping that they will back off on the frequency of blood tests. Otherwise I'll get poked in the arm every time I need blood drawn.
Kris is ringing the dinner bell, so I'll close for now.
God's blessings to you all!
Written Jan 21, 2010 6:33pmSteve and I returned to Cleveland last Monday, January 11th. The drive was nice, and the weather cooperated, for the most part.
We had our appt with Dr. Sobecks scheduled for 3:30 pm after the usual lab work and chest xray. Fortunately, he was running a little early so we were able to get in around 3:00 pm and start on our way home by 3:40 pm. Since all is going well so far, our next appt is scheduled for early February, which may include getting Steve's central line out. That will be nice, except I think he'll still need to have his lab work drawn weekly, so hopefully, his veins will hold up!!I know they don't like to keep central lines in due to the potential for
infection. Steve is approaching +100 days post stem cell transplant, which should be January 28th. We both feel blessed as Steve continues to do well. The Lord has worked so many miracles in our lives and our family continues to feel God's blessings upon us every day! Praise the Lord!!
The saddness of what's going on in Haiti certainly gives us all a different perspective on what we have here at home.
Blessings to all family and friends, and thanks to all for your continuing support to us.