This is why people don't do live, running, blog updates about bone marrow transplant day.
|Ethan's new cells. |
Just this little bit of blood
is all it takes.
12:15 Ethan falls asleep for his afternoon nap
1:00 Nurses come into the room with a bag of blood and some pre-meds
1:10 Ethan receives benadryl IV and is woken up a little bit to take some oral tylenol
1:11 Ethan goes back to sleep
1:25 Ethan begins receiving blood cells intravenously
1:30 Ethan continues to sleep
1:32 Ethan rolls over. The assembled masses hold their breath.
1:33 Ethan snores.
|Tuckered out little bear getting his cells.|
Ethan received stored umbilical cord blood. Cord blood has a high percentage of hematopoietic stem cells. I'm not going to try to explain the science of it all except to say that hematopietic stem cells can do make many different kinds of cells and they can replicate themselves, too. The hope is that they will settle in the space cleared out when the chemotherapy and radiation killed off Ethan's native bone marrow, and that they will go forth and multiply.
Whoever you are and where ever you may be, thank you.
|Caleb didn't find the process very |
interesting. But he was happy
to get out of school and play
with Ethan's toys for a while.
Until recently, Ethan's energy has been very good. Since his radiation treatment yesterday, though, he's been noticeably more tired. I'm including some pictures and video, below, from physical therapy sessions earlier in the week. As you can see, he's having a lot of fun. By contrast, when the speech therapist arrived today, he was just wiped out, and the session quickly turned into a full melt down.
Well, I should wrap this up now and go wake him up--or there's going to be hell to pay when I try to get him to go to sleep tonight.
|In recovery yesterday after his radiation treatment.|
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