Surgery in the morning; kisses from Mogie tonight

We've arrived in Houston and after just one night in a cheap motel (in which the AC konked out around midnight) we've moved into the Ronald McDonald House! Lorelei loves it here. The best part is the house dog, a labradoodle named Mogie. He's gentle and soft, but very spoiled and lazy. When he allows (demands) you to pet his belly he lifts his forearm and rests it on yours so he doesn't have to exert the energy to hold it up himself. Kindof reminds us of Georgie. Just like home.

Lorelei had a venous doppler test today to look for blood clots and determine where they'll place the Hickman central line. We haven't heard the results of that test but MD Anderson called and told us she is scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning at 5:30am so they must have a plan.  I guess we'll learn then. (Is 5:30am still considered morning or just late evening?)

After the central line is placed she'll receive her first dose of chemo (Gemcitabine) on an outpatient basis. She's never had this one before. She'll spend one last night at the Ronald McDonald House and then she should be admitted to the transplant floor of the hospital on Wednesday where they will complete five more days of intense chemo and give her body one day of rest. After the day of rest her bone marrow should be dead and they will do the transplant. It's hard to believe it is finally happening.

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