On Monday Dec, 10th we took Stephen up to LDS hospital for some bloodwork. Then we took Josh over to Primary Children’s Hospital for his blood work and to to sign consent forms. They showed him everywhere he would be and what they would be doing. He thinks it’s pretty cool because every room at that hospital has an xbox! Josh did really well. Some of the information made him more nervous but it also made him feel better because he could picture what it will be like. I’ll post a few pictures below. Stephen entered the hosptial yesterday to begin the transplant process. (apparently I fell asleep and published this post here before I finished typing! Sorry now I will finish it…)
Tuesday the Stephen had a new central line placed. Wednesday he was given a test dose of one of the chemo drugs. Then they took his blood every 15 minutes for the first hour and every hour after that for 4 hours. From these blood samples they can tell how quickly his body metabolized the drug. This helps them to give just the right amount of the drug to keep you from having sezures during the therapy. Today he is just resting and hanging out. He is very happy that he got one of the bigger rooms. We turned the bed sideways in the room which makes it even bigger. He told them that since it was his third transplant he needed the penthouse suite – but this will do. We put up a Christmas tree, brought up his TV, Super Nintendo, and Xbox. He’s pretty happy right now. Tomorrow the real stuff starts! Hopefully it won’t make him too sick.