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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Starting Point

Jacob was admitted a few hours ago to begin his stem cell transplant. This is the starting point of a stay that will last a month, if not more. Tonight he begins the hydration process and is receiving a blood transfusion as well since his Hemoglobin was down to 7.2 and they want to top him up. Tomorrow his chemotherapy will begin.

This is high dosage chemotherapy. He will be receiving Carboplatin and VP 16 (Etoposide) for 5 days. On day 6 he will receive Melphalan. One day of rest and the next day the stem cells will be introduced back into him. Those stem cells take around 14 days to engraph, which means when Jacob hits rock bottom within those 14 days his body will have no protection and things will be rough. I'm dreading it.

Today I'm counting my blessings. In between clinic visits and admission Jacob and I were able to go on a little date. It was nice to have a fun time eating out and shopping before this extended hospital stay. Also, right before leaving home our neighbor brought over a beautiful flower from his garden for me. Little did he know that we were about to embark on this journey right then. His timing was impeccable. As I drove away I set this flower on the dash board and tears sprang to me eyes. It was just what I needed..a beautiful send off on this journey we are about to embark.


  1. Oh Elizabeth! I will be thinking of Jacob and you and all of your family. I'll send lots of prayers south to Iowa that everything goes smoothly during this transplant!

  2. my prayers and thoughts are with you through out jacobs journey and recovery. big hugs to you all

  3. praying for you..

  4. Beth,
    Your entire family remains in my prayers. What a strong woman you are! You are most definitely an inspiration for SO many! Please let us know if there is anything we can do for Jacob during this extremely difficult time......and Becca and Joseph too! Do they like mail?? Blessings to all of you! jacki

  5. Sending up prayers for little Jacob & your entire family!!



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