Today was marked on Bo’s transplant calendar as a “rest day”, and I am happy to report that it has felt so restful. On chemo days, I find myself stressed, but today has been just the reprieve we have needed. I described today to a friend as feeling like Christmas Eve–there’s so much anticipation, but it’s a mix of excitement and peace. Tomorrow brings new life!
Things have been quiet on the coordination side of things, but I have been assured that no news is good news. By now, it’s technically Transplant Day where out donor is, so we assume that his cells are somewhere over the Atlantic or US right now, which is crazy to consider. I hope and pray that our donor is resting well and is not in pain. I have been thinking about what I want to say to him in our first letter, and “thank you” just doesn’t seem to cover it. Praying the right words will come in time.
We wanted to share with you a little bit about what Bo’s transplant will actually look like! Before this became our reality, we really didn’t understand how it all worked. For Bo’s donor, the procedure was somewhat invasive. Our donor was put under anesthesia and a hollow needle was inserted into the back of his pelvic bone to extract the marrow. The donor’s marrow will come to our room tomorrow either in a syringe or a bag and will look like blood. Our care team will hook that syringe or bag up to Bo’s IV pump and the cells will simply run into his central line over the course of several minutes to an hour (depending on volume). That’s it! We will be monitoring his vitals closely to make sure he doesn’t have any adverse reactions (usually a rash or difficulty breathing). Our care team has described the process as very anticlimactic, but nothing can take away from celebrating the true miracle that will be happening in Bo’s body!
We plan to post a very short update here once we know more about when things will actually happen tomorrow, but will be sending out a text in real time to those of you who want to be included. So far the waters have been smooth, which is proof of God’s mercy to us. We trust it’s just the beginning of His provision!