I'm way too excited to wait a week to do another post -- I have such good news to share! Yesterday, we found out late in the day that Jack had accumulated enough stem cells in his blood for him to begin the extraction process today. We got up at 4:30 this morning; I gave Jack his dreaded shot (think: 1000 hornet bites in the same spot at the same time - that's what they're like.... he has a max of 10 more... ouch, ouch, ouch), and we headed into town. By 8:00 a.m., the folks at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center started cycling his blood through a centrifuge, where the stem cells were collected (they have a unique specific gravity). You should have seen the smiles on our faces. For those who don't yet understand, those stem cells will eventually be transplanted back into Jack, giving him a new lease on life. Keep the prayers coming that all goes well. By the way - being the computer geek that he is, Jack refers to all of this as his personal "wipe and load" process. Not a bad analogy!
Seeing that bag of blood collecting over his head brought tears of joy to my eyes; this is a bag of LIFE for Jack! I've loaded three pictures -- 1) Jack in his new "man cave" at MD Anderson -- complete with tv and laptop at his fingertips; 2) Jack, 30 minutes into the stem cell collection -- during the process, he receives drugs that make him feel like he is freezing from the inside out -- you should have heard his teeth chattering unstoppably! And 3) THE bag of Jack's stem cells. Jack will repeat today's work several more days -- until they have collected at least 13 million stem cells. Then he gets a week to recover, and he will need it. The injections I have to give him not only hurt to receive - they also make Jack nauseous and make his bones hurt like the devil. For the past five days, he's been averaging 300 calories a day. We continue our mantra: we will get through this, one day at a time.
Thank you everyone, for your heartfelt prayers - we are so very appreciative!
Sue and Jack
(See the photos on my Member Blog here:
http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/myblog.p ... no/1008258