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Oct 20, 2017 Latest post:
Mar 13, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Marilee enters Jewish Hospital for her bone marrow transplant on the morning of October 20th. She has had months of prep, testing and planning to get her ready. Her health is very good and her blood counts are mostly up and stable. She has a perfect match donor who is a 31 year old male from somewhere in the good ol USA. She starts chemo to destroy her existing abnormal bone marrow on Friday, October 20th, and this will continue for 5 days. Her blood counts should be almost non existent after this procedure. After 2 days rest, the new bone marrow will be infused via IV and it will swim to the bone and implant itself. About 2 weeks later the new immune system should show signs of "waking up" by causing some reactions and starting to show some blood count number increases. She will be extremely susceptable to infection during this period so the nursing staff will be closely monitoring her to look for any indications of problems. This is what the do and they are extremely good at their jobs. Marilee will have to eat and drink lots of fluids to counteract the effects of the chemo, flushing all impurities out of the kidneys. She will probably have "chemo brain" during this time and may not remember much or be able to communicate effectively by phone or text. This is normal for the 2-3 week period after transplant and will improve as her numbers climb. She will probably have some chemo side effects which could include mouth and esophagus sores which could make it difficult for her to eat and drink. Also, she is expecting to lose her hair. Loose bowl issues are also common. Side effects are probable but do not always happen. We wish her an easy time and pray for minimal issues which can cause her undue anxiety. The nurses are very compassionate and are trained to help their patients with medicines that counteract fevers, side effects, and any pain or uncomfortable issues that may arise. Please feel free to keep in contact with her through me as often as you can. I plan to update her condition every few days or whenever progress or changes occur. Text is best for now so she can respond when she feels good enough to communicate. As her condition improves, I will let you know, and she may be able to answer phone calls or even do some "face time" if you have an Apple phone. She will be able to have visitors but you MUST have had a flu shot (not nasal type) at least 2 weeks prior and NO sneezing or colds. No flowers are permitted in the care unit. Call me before visiting to make sure she is OK with this. I can be reached at 812-212-5816. Please pray for her every day. Thanks. John