Oh damn! I had a whole post typed up and I lost it!!!! Oh well.... here I go again.
Here we are at University of PA Hospital. Today is Day Minus 6, aka a week before the actual stem cell transplant. John will be getting 6 days of chemo (Tuesday to Sunday), followed by a day of rest (Monday) Then next Tuesday is Day 0, aka Transplant Day (John's new birthday). The transplant is just one day, but he'll need to rebuild his immune system, so he'll be here for several weeks doing just that. It's possible he might need a transfusion or two during the course of all this.
The chemo drugs are different than the 2 treatments he's had in the past 2 months. The first dose, which they'll do tonight, has an alcohol base, so he might get hangover symptoms! This man has never been drunk in his life, so he has no idea what a hangover feels like!
I wish I could remember what else I had typed here! When I have more info, I'll let you all know.
UPDATE ON THE UPDATE!
John has a rash or a bug bite or poison ivy or something on his neck, about the size of a nickel. He first noticed it on Thursday (I saw it Saturday when i got to his place for the weekend) I've been putting Neosporin on it. It's gone down from the size of a quarter. The nurse practitioner noticed it today and now they want a dermatologist to look at it.
He also showed a fever of 100.2 this afternoon (after registering 99.5 30 minutes earlier and they retested and he was 99.4). So they wouldn't start the chemo until a doctor looks at him.
All his blood work is good... he's not showing any signs of neutropenia (very low white blood cells). They are being SO careful!