Andrew's counts came back good enough to proceed to the bone marrow biopsy, spinal tap, c.t. scan, and dental work. His counts are not completely better, but showed improvement. Thank you for the prayers! Again, the successive rounds of chemo have taken a toll in that it has taken Andrew's body longer to recover from the many rounds of chemo treatments.
Andrew complained it was hard for him just to walk to the bathroom yesterday and knew it was a result of low hemoglobin counts. As he predicted, Andrew needed two units of blood and two units of platelets this morning before the surgical stuff. As I am writing this, I am in the surgery waiting room as Andrew is in the o.r. getting his bone marrow biopsy, spinal tap and major dental work. The procedures will last some 3 hours to complete, with the majority of the time focused on dentistry.
***As I have mentioned to you all, Andrew's transplant will not start on time if his bone marrow has cancer in it. I ask you all to pray for the marrow to be clear and his count get back to normal as we get the preliminary results sometime tomorrow.
ANSWERED PRAYER! The experimental drug, Palefermin, which we thought would be given to Andrew with a hospital admission this weekend, is being sent home with us today, so we can administer it at home! Yes! A few more days at home!
Friday will be conclude the prep for pre transplant, as we visit Northwestern Radiation Oncology department for some more body mapping for start of radiation next week. Finally!
On a lighter note, Andrew and I will be seeing the midnight showing of the Avengers tonight. This was on Andrew's transplant bucket list. Andrew also has requested Hooter's wings tonight, so right after the hospital, we will go and pick up some wings!
Thank you again for being committed to prayer and thinking about our family. I thank God for all of you!