Tuesday was the big BIRTHDAY! As I mentioned before, it was cool for him to have July 24th as his new birthday. There was a parade and fireworks and all kinds of parties. Our ancestors have pioneered the life that we now enjoy, and we are pioneering a life that we will leave for our posterity. I love July where we honor the founders of America as well as our Mormon ancestors. They both sacrificed so much for us so that we can worship God freely and according to the dictates of our own conscience.
His stem cell transplant went fairly smoothly. He got a little sick to his stomach near the end but rebounded quickly. I won’t go into detail since I did on his last transplant. I did take a short video of his cells coming out of cold storage. It really is amazing. They are stored at -200 degrees Celsius. Here is what it looked like (hopefully this works):
The next two days he felt relatively good. Today his cells have started to bottom out. This is what is supposed to happen, but it doesn’t feel too great. He has been a little sick off and on, a little weak, a little flushed and other symptoms. Symptoms come and go and change hour by hour. He will need platelets by tomorrow morning and blood soon after that. His neutrophils are at zero today so his immune system is wiped out. It should start rebuilding in a couple of days after the stem cells engraft into the bone marrow and start producing new cells.
Thanks for all the txt messages, visits and gifts! It goes a long way in helping pass the time and staying up-beat. He probably shouldn’t have any visitors for a few days now until he gets some type of immune system back.
Thanks again – for all your love and support. And just one more thing…Nurses are amazing! I am so impressed with the great nurses here. They really help Stephen feel happy, comfortable and safe. Nurses are angels!
Here are some pictures of the last few days.