A million thoughts run through my head as I sit down and write for the first time in months. I don’t even know where to start to update you on life lately. I guess I should start with the bone marrow transplant for my brother-in-law since that’s where I left you guys hanging last.
I really meant to update y’all a while ago, but you know how it is, life gets crazy. Not to mention, after blogging for years, it was nice to disappear for a while. Sometimes sharing every aspect of your life on the internet is exhausting. Not that I don’t love sharing it with you all, but sometimes it’s just really nice to live life and not have to document every little thing for the blog. I guess life
The transplant didn’t go as smoothly as we had planned. All of the worst-case scenarios came true and what we had anticipated being a fairly simple procedure suddenly boasted a grim reality. We knew going into the transplant that there would be a chance that obtaining the bone marrow through the veins may not work out. There was a 10% chance of that during our vein assessment appointment, but transplant day that 10% chance suddenly became our reality. Since all of my husband’s veins blew just trying to get the IV’s set, getting his bone marrow from the vein was no longer an option and the next step was a vascular catheter. A procedure that sounded pretty simple, but carried a lot of risks.
After the first attempt failed, it was a little nerve-wracking to say yes to the second attempt. Aside from my husband’s life now being at risk, we still had his brother’s life to fear for as he had been administered a fatal dose of chemo, so if we didn’t go through with this procedure, that would be the end for him. We knew all of this going in, but when a family member’s life is on the line, being able to give them a second chance is a no-brainer despite the risk it has on your own life. The Vascular Catheter is
It was literally the longest 5 minutes of my life and that might’ve been because 5 minutes turned into 45 minutes and the screen in the waiting room said my husband was still “in
We slid into the holiday season incredibly grateful and focused on the blessings we had been given. Sometimes with great risks come great rewards, and thankfully for us, all the risks we faced transplant day were rewarded with the best news ever. My brother-in-law’s body accepted 100% of my husband’s marrow and we are fortunate enough to say he is now cancer free. News we welcome with open arms! This has been such a crazy time for our family, most crazy for my brother-in-law who had to live that hell, but we are so incredibly grateful for God’s mercy. We are looking forward to celebrating a happy and healthy 2019!
*WARNING!* Before you go any further, I just want to mention that the pictures below