I came out to our parked vehicle in the basement of SCCA to drop off some unwanted Shann baggage and found on the windshield two red berries still attached to the stems. It somehow seemed significant to me, as upstairs on the first floor radiology for Shann, and the 5th floor infusions for Mariya, two of my red and rare and beautiful berries were doing their respective work to join forces on yet another new trail—–stem cell transplant.
Mariya has been going through daily neupogen shots to ‘goose’ her body into overproduction of new blood cells—-so much so, that her large bones are actually aching as they ooze out the cells through the porous bone as she is now quadrupled her output in 6 days. Meanwhile back at the ranch, Shann has submitted her precious and fragile body to 5 days worth of chemo infusions and just now TBI (total body irradiation), as her old cells are killed off and her body prepared as best they know how, to receive Mariya’s stem cells tomorrow (August 21) which will henceforth be referred to as day 0.
On day + 3 and 4 (or more, depending on how Shann does) we will be up at U.W. Medical Center on the 7th floor as she will be given heavy doses of chemo to still Mariya’s cells, so that they aren’t being too aggressive in their battle with Shann’s cells. And so will begin the watch for a grafting of the two bodies cells, and a hoped for minimum of harm, due to the dreaded GVHD (graft vs. host disease). We have a drug regime in place, that in some cases brings us out to day +180. But for now its this next couple of weeks that we will be focused on, and will from time to time report out to you about. Shann’s system will be significantly compromised and exposure to germs/fungus/virus’s —everything the world at large has to offer, will need be kept at ‘arms length’ . Visits will most likely not be allowed for awhile. As Shann feels fit, she will be reading notes of encouragement and humor and responding with her wonderful prose—mostly on this blog site.
If you have business or general queries feel free to contact me. Good cheer et al, use this blog or our joint email.
Onward and Upward! Steve
Ps For what its worth Shann tells me the sun is in Leo and the moon is in Acquarius and there is a full moon tonight.
Thanks for the update, Steve. Your family is in my heart and mind today especially. Prayers for a successful transplant!! We missed you all at Eliot this month, too. Chip, Mina, Scott and I played Charades for you (we lost, but had fun!) Love, Meredith
Sending LOVE to you all!
My heart is holding you all and sending you love.
WE are surrounding your family with our prayers ~ All the best, Weyshawn & Eric Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 04:40:56 +0000 To: email@example.com
Really appreciate the updates. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
I am sure that many are silently sending you our healing thoughts and hopes.
Thinking of you all day today, and on into the week, and sending you Hugely Positive Thoughts!! Susan and Joy
Well, beautiful moon last night. Thought of you around 3:00AM when the moonlight woke me up. Here’s to new beginnings. We’re sending love and strength your way.
Hi Steve, Not only is it a full moon but it’s a BLUE Moon! Sounds like a perfect day to “work the odds.” Tell Shann, we’re thinking of her. “There’s a Blue Moon rising…”
you and your three beautiful women are in our prayers. God bless you all and may the Lords steady and loving hand touch all during the weeks and months to come.
Will be thinking, praying, hoping for all of you as I gaze at that beautiful/bountiful full moon. Your strength and grace in the face of this challenge is awe-inspiring and oh-so-humbling. Love to you all.
Seabeck was not the same without all of you there- especailly the Polar Bears. Wishing you a successful “take”.
Adam, Jim, and Marcia all send you the healing energy of the sun filtering through the trees in Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains where we were hiking and cycling today.