Monday, July 26, 2010

7/26

Matthew was discharged this afternoon and came home to a hero's welcome and tons of hugs and kissed from Claire.  They were so excited to see each other.  Almost a week had past since the last time they had been together.  We will be home for a bit until one of two things happens.  Either Matthew gets a fever which is likely to happen or he stays fever free and remains home until we begin the stem cell process.  The stem cell transplant process, as you have heard me, mention, is a long one.  They refer to the day of the transplant as day 0.  They days leading up to that are "minus" days and the days after are "plus" days.  So the process officially begins on day -30 (minus thirty) and then its fairly scripted from then on.  We have not gotten to that day yet.  probably in another few weeks.  in the 30 days leading up to the transplant are more rounds of chemo and radiation.  He is looking good and by all indications feeling pretty well.  I am tired and angry.

9 comments:

littlebug-peg said...

Dear Gene and Nicole,

We're glad to hear that Matthew is home for now. Prayers, love and hugs continue in earnest.

Love,
Peg and Michael

Garbis Grapevine said...

Glad that you guys are home now, hope you are able to stay home until the stem cell. Sending all the prayers and positive energy that I can!!!!!

Carrie said...

Praying Matthew has an uneventful time at home. Praying, praying, praying always for Matthew.

Sue Joy said...

Glad to hear you are all home together!! Stem cell seems overwhelming but they have to tell you all the bad. He is strong and will be stronger with your cells! He will probably start acting more like you...poor Nicole! If you have any questions or advice, just ask...we've been through it! Positive thoughts your way!

Melissa said...

YEA!!!!!!!!!! Glad to hear you all got to go home!!

Anonymous said...

Tired and angry seem like normal emotions at this stage. Your faith and hope have carried you this far, just hang in there. Enjoy your time together while we continue to pray for all of you. Love ya, amj

Lara said...

We are all happy that Matthew is home. Wishing for a fever-free time to countdown! Prayers from the V's...

Traci said...

So glad to hear that the family is all back under one roof again. Welcome home, Matthew!
In watching my father's experience with SCT, I agree...it's a long one, both physically & emotionally. But nothing can compare to the joy and relief that comes from hearing that he was in complete remission because of it. I pray for the same for Matthew every day!
Hugs to all of you,
Traci

JM Beluga said...

We continue to think and pray for your family. Gene, thanks for opening up to us all and letting us be a small part of this journey. Anger, exhaustion, sadness, frustration... the list goes on, eh? Cancer sucks! So here's to more precious moments of laughter and kisses.

Amy Olson