Could it be? Could this be the last night in LDS Hospital? It might be. If Stephen has a good night and nothing weird happens, we will bring him home tomorrow. It is hard to believe.
Stephen has spent the last week waiting for his blood counts to come back in and waiting for his mucositis to heal. His neutrophils came in really fast. It made him a little achy and sick for a day or two. His blood counts are really good now. He has received platelets several times and blood a couple of times. Things seem to be quite stable now. If necessary he can come back and get more after going home. He didn’t eat or drink anything for about a week because of the sores in his mouth and throat. The last couple of days he has been drinking and eating a little food. It still doesn’t taste good, but it is just something he has to do even though it isn’t yummy anymore. He is off of his pain pump and only misses the meds when he wants to fall asleep quickly!
The main question that most people have for us is “When do you find out if it worked?” He will get a scan around day 100 from his transplant. (around the first of November) Until then, he will be building his strength, stamina, growing hair, building back his immune system and otherwise recovering. He still has a road ahead but the treatment is finished. Time to recover.
I can’t really describe the mixed feelings we have as we come to the end of his transplant treatment. We have spent the last year working towards, and working through this treatment. It seems unreal that we could be finished. Excited, hopeful, nervous, grateful, humble, wow! Stephen has taken it one minute, one hour, one half day, one day, one week, one month, and one year at a time as needed. We LOVE him and we pray with all our hearts that he never has to have chemotherapy or radiation again!