T day

I’m here with Fabian on the eve of T-day, his transplant. It’s been a week since his admission and the unwelcome side effect of the pre-conditioning chemo has been to cause him the usual loss of appetite coupled with frequent bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting. Thankfully, he consented to having an NG tube inserted which will at least mean he gets the nutrition he needs. The unfamiliar staff and environment here at GOSH is taking Fabian some getting used to, but having Lydia with him provides him constant reassurance that all will be fine. Isolation is, of course, a tedious pain but a necessary one. At least there are 2 weeks of Wimbledon coverage ahead.. Cassia is here too, going through prelims ready for her big day tomorrow. She will spend the night in an adjacent ward as it’s an early start for the stem cell harvesting procedure. The transplant itself will take places a few hours later and as before, will seem like an anti climax after all the build up. Then all we can do is wait for the all important white blood count to rise, signifying engraftment. The REALLY important stage comes later in August when the modified T cells will be infused. I guess that will be another T day.
Our encouragement remains in the Lord. Psalm 147:3 “He renews our hopes and heals our bodies”

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