A compilation of several updates
Lately I've been more faithful at posting to Lorelei's community facebook page: Loving Lorelei. Here is a compilation of the last few posts there. The most recent is listed first:
July 25: "Day +2; Lorelei's bone marrow is dead. Her counts are at zero. She sleeps most of the time right now. Nausea is mostly controlled but still she eats very little; she's too exhausted to lift the fork. The PICC line put in Tuesday is working well so she can sit/stand up without occlusion but the only time she gets up is to go to the bathroom. Expending that amount of energy would be equivalent to you or merunning a marathon. At this very moment she is expecting me to applaud because she managed to take off one of her shoes! Her short chemo-curled brown hair has yet to fall out. That should happen in 4 or 5 days. It's a long boring process from here. The ultimate goal is for Hannah's stem cells to find their way into Lorelei's "empty" bones and "engraft" to make new bone marrow. Until that happens Lorelei will be kept alive with blood transfusions."
July 23, 2:30pm: "Day 0; Beautiful life saving drops of Hannah flowing into Lorelei. Amazing to watch. And to think that Lorelei will now be able to say she's TWICE been saved by the blood of another!"
July 23, 9am: "Starting Transplant Day out with a procedure to place a new PICC line since Lorelei's CVC has been very positional and nobody wants Lorelei to have to lie in bed for 30 days straight. (Talk about muscle atrophy!) The transplant will happen at 2:30. The hospital chaplain offered to pray a blessing over the cells just prior to transplant. I said sure, why not? Those cells are probably already the most prayed for cells on the planet!"
July 21: "Day -2; Doing chemo like a boss! Got all four pumps running at once. Lorelei is feeling awful already and knows it's only going to get worse. I don't know how she does it."
Posted on Thu, July 25, 2013
by Andrea Decker