Today was such a beautiful Easter Sunday. I reflected on the knowlege that we are never alone in our lives. God has not, and will not, forget us or abandon us. Jesus Christ was the only one who had to walk the lonely path and because of Him we will never be alone.
This past week Stephen had an education meeting on Wednesday. We met with a doctor, a social worker, a dietician and a nurse. It was a long day. They all had lots of good information to help prepare him for what is to come. On Friday he had his port removed and had his line placed. The line allows greater access and flexibility. It has 3 lines of access. They also gave him his first shot of Nupagen. This medicine causes the bone marrow to start producing more of the blood stem cells. He recieved another shot of this on Saturday and Sunday. So far, the process hasn’t been too bad. The shots can cause your bones to ache but he hasn’t had much pain yet. Tomorrow he will go for a shot of Nupagen at 7 in the morning and then he will return at 6 pm for a shot of Mozabil. The mozabil causes the bone marrow to release the stem cells into the blood. Tuesday morning they will start the collection process. They remove the blood from one line and using the known weight and density of the stem cells, they are able to spin the blood at the right rate to separate the stem cells out. Then the blood is returned to the body through one of the other lines. He will repeat this process each day until enough cells are collected for both transplants. After enough cells are collected, he will wait a week while they test the cells and make sure everything is OK with them. When the cells are prepared and OK’d, he will then be admitted to the hospital and start the chemo-therapy portion of the first transplant.
Stephen has been determined to get a little fun in before going into the hospital for a month. This past week his grandpa took him golfing and he made it through 9 holes with a cart. Sarah got tickets to a REAL Salt Lake game and he went with Jeff, Sarah, Jennie and Jerome Patterson. For all of them but Sarah, it was their first REAL game. Today he made it to Sacrament meeting, rested during sunday school and then helped with a lesson for the 16-18 year old boys during Priesthood meeting.
Here are a few pictures from the last week or two.