Yesterday started awfully weird and got progressively weirder as the day went on. allow me to briefly break it down for you. I was working out of my Naperville office (aka the naperville public library) and was on a conference call with some work folks. I received the below email.
So that's weird, right? that I would be asked to be a bone marrow donor for a 2 year old little boy? given...you know...that I also have a 2 year old little boy who is looking for a donor? So I call up Rose (from the email) and tell her that I am very willing and very able to be a donor for whomever needs it. I then explain to her that this is kind of strange and explain matthew's situation. She seemed a little confused and wanted to call me back, which she did about 2 minutes later. She wanted to know which hospital Matthew was at. She called back again and let me know that I was no longer being considered as a donor for this patient and thanked me for my time. Due to all sorts of privacy crap, they really can't reveal anything, although she did encourage me to talk to Matthew's doctor and let her know that I was contacted.
I forwarded the email to Nicole who was sitting at the hospital with our doctor. They were discussing how a new donor popped up on their system this morning. Turns out a 35 year old male has also been found. It also turns out that the 35 year old male is me. I match Matthew on 7/8 proteins and the fact that we are related is a big plus. The fact that I am remarkably handsome and witty is also a big plus but not as big as being Matthew's dad. Matthew faced an uphill battle having me as a dad to begin with but now with a double dose of me, he certainly is in for it.
Matthew is still in isolation and has a bacterial blood infection for which he is receiving several antibiotics. Infections such as these are unfortunately common in chemo patients, although Matthew has been lucky to not have one until now. Although we think we caught it fast enough, the little man appears to be in a lot of pain and discomfort and he did not sleep a single minute last night. We are trying everything thing to help him get comfortable.
An aggressive (fast-growing) disease in which too many myeloblasts (immature white blood cells that are not lymphoblasts) are found in the bone marrow and blood. Also called acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, acute nonlymphocytic leukemia, and ANLL.