This is a blog intended to bring our family and friends closer by giving them an opportunity to participate in a web discussion. I am new to blogging, so I don't know where this is going to take us, but hey, it's the 21st Century. Peace

Friday, April 18, 2008

Fiftieth Post

That's a lot of writing for me. I know I do a lot of thinking...and a lot of talking, but writing has never really been one of my chosen activities I guess, until forty-nine entries ago. Huh!

Ok, so here's the news. Mary will begin the process of her bone marrow transplant next week, April 22nd with a Rutuxin treatment at Monroe Medical (Dr. Robin's office). Then on Wednesday she will be admitted to the tenth floor at Rush to begin the six-day hard core chemo required to kill her bone marrow. At the end of that process, they will reintroduce the stem cells they harvested eight years ago. And yes, they have been tested and they are viable. Then it will be about three weeks for the stems cells to "graft" and to begin the actual transplant process.
We really don't know what her room will be like other than it is a single on a "clean floor" and she will have a direct phone line. They said I'll be able to bring food in and she can read, watch videos and wander around the floor. Other than that the rest is yet to be seen and to be experienced. Feel free to give me a call, email or whatever. I'll be happy to give you more details as I get them.
In the meantime, Hope and Prayer are in order.


  • At 2:52 PM , Blogger Nancy Loeffler said...

    Sending all of you big love. We are thinking of you constantly and sending prayers. may all of you be held in love and light.

    Interesting that Mary's birth of sorts is coinciding with Leah's birthday.


  • At 7:07 PM , Blogger BP said...

    Hey mister - sending all the love and prayers I can. I'd love to send Mary a note, too. Is there a way I can do that?

  • At 11:40 AM , Blogger Mary Ruth said...

    This will probably be my last bog entry for awhile since I will be going into "isolation" for the next 4 weeks. I don't know if I will have access to a computer or even if I will be able to work one for awhile. However, all you bloggers, keep writing since I will be able to come back and see what you've written eventually. Rob, you need to keep this blog updated as much as possible even if you only have short blog messages. I definitely will be thinking of Leah on the 28th and 29th. ( I hope that she puts in a "good word" for me in that "other dimension.") Hey, BP, I'd love to hear from you. Maybe you can send your message via Rob. I've heard from others that you are well and happy. I'm glad; you deserve good things to come your way.
    Well, all you bloggers, take care, and I'll be in touch as soon as my NEW bone marrow allows.

  • At 7:06 PM , Anonymous Cindy said...

    Been thinking about you both and praying for you Mary. I'm sending you good waves from Stony Lake and will continue to root for your recovery Mary. You can do this!

  • At 9:13 AM , Blogger Amber said...

    To the woman who will land on her feet: Been thinking of you lots. Sending a recovery totem infused with love, hope and good old fashioned mettle this weekend. Will continue to transmit good vibes into the stratosphere upwards to where you are...


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