I bet you this doesn’t suck.
Our extended time at Stanford is nearing close. Our gratitude to everyone, everyone, everyone, everyone is beyond, beyond. Greg’s Stem Cell Transplant also known as Blood and Marrow Transplant was successful. Greg burned through all of the procedures like a professional. I don’t mean to say that we did not suffer. Each day, each process, from orientation to actual procedure, to recovery has brought new challenges. Yet with each challenge came new solutions. The suffering was brief and transitory. Not clinging and not worrying made for a pretty smooth ride, even when the bumpiness hit. Greg has been reborn. I have been transformed. Our relationship has been redefined. When we suffer we dig deep. When we dig deep we find our own jewels. When joy returns we express those jewels in the world. Stay tuned….
Our dear friend Grace is holding down the fort at the Islay house. Saraswati is so happy to have a constant human companion. Now that the weather has turned, Saraswati has switched from worshiping the Sun God to worshiping the Heater God. We are so grateful to have such a seemingly never ending pool of friends and family support. Thank you Grace!!!
Talked to Greg and his Dad about an hour ago. Great news. Greg is doing so much better than we had expected, from how the nurses and doctors prepared us. All of the prayers are really working. He is really coming through this thing with a hero’s heart. I am so grateful. It is not a treatment for the faint of heart, for sure. Greg is really doing an amazing job.
(I will be heading up there late tomorrow so by Wednesday I will have more pictures.)
(No pictures here since I am in SLO).
At this point Greg is like a ship on the sea. A big storm hits and everything gets dark and he hunkers down and rides it out. Then the clouds clear, the sun shines, he feels like eating and his bowels move. Hurray. Then the storm hits again and he gets tossed around a bit. Back and forth. Tomorrow he receives the last chemo before the implant of those glorious mama cells. Transplant is Day Zero. Then we count forward and Greg’s life moves forward as well. (At this moment he is still in the back up mode). All in all his spirits are strong and he is weathering it like the redwood-tree-of-a-man that we all know him to be.
A beautiful day at Stanford University and Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA. I went for the care-taker class today and an every Wednesday care-taker support group. Today’s topic: Neutropenic Diet. All of todays participants have a loved one getting an autologous Stem Cell Transplant. Sometimes there are “allos” too who have donor stem cells.
Just about everywhere I go these days concerned friends ask me if I am taking care of myself. On Sunday night my sweet friend Pia helped me to accomplish this task by rubbing some LOVE into my bones. I am very, very grateful for my support circle. Care for the caregiver is imperative. Thanks Pia!!!