Bob has been back in the hospital for a second bone marrow stem cell transplant. His first one appears to have addressed his original multiple myeloma, but we were warned that some form of cancer would reoccur. In the past year he has experienced cell "morphing" that is a precursor to acute leukemia, hence this next go-round.
Prognosis is positive, but it's a long, drawn out process. He was in Oregon Health Science University Hospital for 2 1/2 weeks (3-4 is normal) and then we were supposed to be in the hospital's proximity for the remainder of 100 days (more or less). However, Bob's red and white cell counts and platelets rebounded so quickly, they let us come home after 75 days.
Home definitely contributed to Bob's recovery, but with transplant patients the story is never over. Bob experienced some belated complications and had to be air lifted back to OHSU the beginning of March, so his saga...and this Caring Bridge site...continues.
And by all means please continue sending your positive thoughts, prayers, and well wishes our way and/or sharing them on this site. This is a challenging journey for both of us, and we appreciate your support along the way!