Thursday, September 29, 2011
Transplant is scheduled.
Nathan goes in next Wednesday October 5th for a meeting with his stem cell doctor and will begin a series of scans and test to prepare for his transplant. He is scheduled to come to Houston on October 17th for the remainder of his test and then on the 18th he will go into the hospital to have his port put into his chest. He will be admitted into the hospital on October 19th. He will stay in the hospital doing one last dose of strong chemotherapy that will begin on the 20th and end around the 24th or 25th. His donor is a 20 year old male in another state, so the cells will be flown into MD Anderson around the 25th and he will receive the transplant on the 26th. After the 26th if everything goes as planned he will be in the hospital for 30 days if there is no complications. At that point he will be expected to be in Houston for no less that 100 more days. For several weeks he will have to make daily trips in for transfusions, labs, test, check ups and so forth. If there are no problems and his body does not reject the transplant he could come home some time around February 2012. It's hard to imagine all of this and to grasp all of this. We have not spend a day or night apart and it is going to be a struggle not being there every step of the way. With Nathan not working and me missing work when I am able to as well as me being here at home for Aedyn, it is going to be a struggle for us in so many ways. We feel blessed that he has this opportunity and has a person amazing enough to do this for a complete stranger to save his life, but it is still hard. We will miss Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and so much more. Please send lots of love and good thoughts and prayers Nathan's way he has a battle ahead of him and it is going to be hard on everyone but really hard on him and his body. It is hard to ask for help but when you are left with no choice you have to, so I am asking if anyone out there can help us through this time it is appreciated more than we can ever express. Nathan is completely unable to work and probably will not be able to for around a year after the transplant. I will be missing a great deal of work at the salon and will have hardly any income. On top of all of that we have medical expenses, my travel expenses to be able to be at the hospital with him, and our living expenses at home. If you can donate even a dollar it helps us. We need help or I don't know how we will make it through this. For those that judge the fact I am asking this, put yourself in our shoes it is a very scary and uncertain and stressful time for us and we are doing everything we can. The fact that Nathan has been working when he could over the past year as sick as he has been speaks volumes for his character. He is strong and a true fighter and he is an amazing, amazing man. Keep Nathan in your thoughts through the coming months please. I will update through the whole process for his friends and family to follow. I can not wait for the day we are back on our feet and Nathan can live his life finally, he has been though so much to only be 27. It will be an amazing thing for us to be in a good place to return to others the blessings given to us. Thank you to the amazing young man who is doing this for us its a shame it is anonymous!