Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bone Marrow Transplant....

  This is the bag of stem cells and red blood cells, over 1100 cc.'s.  It was delayed  because of the airport....so Ted got started at 4:40 am  instead of 3:00 am. We do not know the donor. It was a 26 year old man, from Europe. We are so very grateful for his kindness.  Males are preferred, ages 18 to 44 years.
  Ted decided to just try to sleep. He had had five days of chemo and a radiation the day before.
 He gives his  "V"on to Victory sign. He has stayed positive which is truly helping.
 I have to wear a mask and gloves while in the room...even sleeping in these. For I stay with him in his room.
  This is his blood works. W=white cells really low now. H=hemoglobin really at a good number still. P=platelets, which is dropping . The drs. say Ted is on track and yet some think he is doing much better than most.
 I came home for a couple days to do laundry, make household payments, pay the roofer as he did finish while I was gone.  I took the longest hottest shower I could stand when I got home. Those G.I. baths are not enough. (baby wipes) I came home to spring . The crabapple has bloomed.
 The flowering plum bush. too.
 The neighbor's dogwood tree is so pretty. The apple and pear trees also.
 My lilacs are the best they have ever been.

 The little red Japanese maple looks good too. The skies are just wonderful the past three days.
 Ted's son sent this picture to me. This is Ted today. Heath and his wife Nowal went to spend the day with Ted. The dr. told Ted today he was doing very well. He looks very good here. , he had just walked the halls. He has to wear a mask and gloves when he goes into the halls.
   Thank you Nana Diana for your prayer requests. We are so very grateful to all who have prayed for Ted. You mean the world to us. Please keep helping us thru this . Thank you. XO

62 comments:

  1. Thank you for the update, I will continue to pray. Ted is looking good. Glad you got some time to unwind a little, the blossom on the tress are a sure sign of new life.
    Nonie

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    1. Hi Connie, Thank you for the prayers , they are surely helping us. Ted's spirits are so good too. I love seeing all the trees blooming. I did sit on the porch for 10 to 15 minutes listening to the birds and smelling the lilacs. Heaven. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  2. Thinking of you and Ted and everything you've been through and are going through. I certainly hope the bone marrow is a positive, wonderful, life-enhancing thing and that Ted soon finds his strength again. It will be so nice if he can get home to see some of those beautiful blooms. Take care! -Jenn

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    1. Thank you Jenn. I am so happy that Ted is doing so well. I know the dr said he would be starting to feel low after 7 days in. Thank you for thinking good thoughts. We are grateful. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  3. Thank you so much for the update and so happy to hear that all went well with the procedure. I can see the strength and courage in his eyes and in yours as well. Prayers still going up for you both. You take care of yourself as well and what beauty he will have when he comes home. love the pics. Big Hugs and Much Love. xo

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    1. Thank you my friend. I am so thankful for your friendship and the prayers. God has shown he loves us...giving us the strength we are needing. Seeing the wonderful signs of spring has helped me also. The lilacs from my mother's old place are so pretty now and smell wonderful. I love it. You are in my prayers always Susie. I hope you are having good days too. Blessings, love you, xoxo, Susie

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  4. How do they find the bone marrow donors? I am picturing someone being tested and then they go on a list?

    He is looking very strong there in the photo your son and DIL sent you!

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    1. Sandi, Anyone can get a cheek swab and , they are placed on a registry . There are 12 points they try to match. 10 are essential and two are good point to match. Ted and his donor match 11 and the last one was close enough. A nurse flies to the country of the donor and flies back with the bone marrow. Of course young enough relatives can be the right match too. I am praying Ted can stay healthy thru this. He has been doing the walking and using the breathing device to stay on top of what he can. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    2. Imagine being that superhero nurse!

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  5. Sending continued healing thoughts and prayers your way, Ted looks so strong and positive !
    What beautiful trees in bloom, Spring has surely sprung in our towns :)
    Blessings to you all Susie.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you my sweet Jo. I am so grateful for all prayers and well wishes. They are helping us, I know. Ted is giving his all in this battle. The drs. said he could have one good year without the transplant or twenty or more good years with it. We chose the twenty or more. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
      p.s. enjoy this lovely spring. I am trying to soak it up.

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  6. Oh Susie, I am so sorry Ted has to go through all of this, and you too, my precious friend. Ted looks really good in this picture. Oh, look at your lilac bush! It's starting to really blossom. I bet it was nice to see all the flowering trees when you came home, and take a long hot shower.

    Thank you for your dear comment on the Mother's Day post and for sharing what your father-in-law said to you. Those are wise words and I will remember them. Happy Mother's Day to you, Susie.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you so much Sheri. I love my wonderful daughters. I did not know while I was raising them, that they would one day be my best friends. We are blessed.
      Yes, Sheri, I think Ted is doing well...so far. I know the drs. said it would be around day seven that things could happen such as fevers. But the drs. are impressed with Ted walking and using the breathing device to keep himself strong. I am ever so thankful for all prayers and good wishes. I know in my heart God is by our side and loves us. I do not doubt that. Blessings to you my friend, love you, xoxo, Susie

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  7. I am thankful for the donor and for Ted's positive attitude. And that you have been by his side to support him. That is great that he is doing so well. Praise the Lord.

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    1. Oh yes Karen, I have been praising God for all his help and love. All the prayers have brought us comfort too. Ted and I prayed for the donor. Such a kind young man. His hospital expenses are paid for by the donor registry...but he is not paid any other way. He is just a kind person who cares for others. That is how the nurse described it to us.
      Blessings to you and Happy Mother's day this coming Sunday. xoxo, Susie

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  8. Ted does look good and I love the victory sign! I think of you both often and keep you in my prayers.

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    1. Thank you so much Laurie. Ted and I do believe the power of prayer is helping. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  9. Praising God that Ted is doing so well! Praying for continuing improvement and healing. The flowering trees are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Jan for your prayers. Aren't they powerful. Such a perfect gift for us. Oh I have loved seeing all the trees in bloom. A special time of year. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  10. Love and prayers.....over and over and over again. Thanking Jesus and asking for a return to robust health. And peace for you. and strength.....

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    1. Thank you my friend. Your prayers are so greatly appreciated. I know in my heart they helping us. Ted and I said a prayer for his donor...what a wonderful young man. Blessings to you and LD. xoxo,love you, Susie

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  11. Dear Susie, Ted looks wonderful in that last photo, Praise the Lord!!! I am so happy that everything is going so well. You both remain in my daily prayers.
    God bless you both.
    Connie :)

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    1. Thank you Connie. I am holding you and Steve in my thoughts and prayers. We need God's mercy and love always. The drs. said Walking, using the breathing device(which helps the lungs)and keeping a good outlook helps people thru this procedure....but we know prayer has much to do with it all. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  12. Love seeing Ted looking GREAT! We have been praying for Ted and YOU! Have a blessed and beautiful day dear friend, HUGS!

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    1. Thank you so much Theresa. We are grateful for each and every prayer sent up for us. I encourage Ted to do everything the drs. say. He is giving it his all. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  13. Your Ted looks great Susie....it's amazing. I think all the loveliness surrounding your home must be signs that all is alive and well...just beautiful...perhaps a sign from God!

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    1. Betsy, I am praying that God will keep giving us His love and mercy. Ted has such a good outlook. He is amazing his drs. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  14. That is such wonderful news. I am so very happy for you and Ted. Praise God for His mercy and blessings.

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    1. Thank you Pamela. I am so thankful for God's love and everyone's prayers. I know that God is listening. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  15. So glad to see this post Susie. Praying all the more and it's great to hear the good news that Ted is doing good for all that he has going on. Glad you got to take a long shower. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy. Ted and I know it's the wonderful power in there prayers from family, friends, and all who care. What a blessing those prayers have been to us. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  16. Thank God for that young man from Europe and his donation that matches Ted's! Yes looks like he is doing great. And you always look good. Those blossoms were there to cheer you but nothing like that hot shower, right? God be with you both. Love from your friend in Georgia. xx

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    1. Thank you sweet Kay. Grateful for prayers and well wishes. They certainly are carrying us thru this. God's all powerful love is our blessing. Ted is trying his best to keep exercising by walking the halls. Yes, the young man that cared to help a stranger is most amazing. Maybe one day we can meet. Bless you, love, xoxo, Susie

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  17. Ted looks AWESOME! Love that smile. I'm so glad things have gone well and the docs think he's doing especially well. That has to be a huge relief for you, Susie. HUGE. I'm glad you could get a little break and head home and enjoy the beautiful bounty of blooms (!)that awaited you. The prayers, of course, keep coming. I know they matter. Prayers for you, too, Susie, and continued strength and energy through your journey with Ted.

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    1. Jeanie, I am keeping you and your sweetheart in my prayers too. There is a great power in them. The more the better, right? It was good to have a shower , wash my hair. Do up all the laundry. Write cards and letters ..just lots of catching up. Blessings to you, take care . love, xoxo, Susie

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  18. Continuing to pray Susie. Ted looks good. I love that big smile.
    Happy Mother's Day to you.
    Love, Carla

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    1. Thank you Carla. We appreciate all the prayers and good wishes. The Lord knows people are praying and listens..He is giving us His love too.
      Happy Mother's Day to you, hope you get time with your loved ones. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  19. Oh sweet Susie, you and Ted sure have been through the wringer!! Keeping you always in my thoughts and prayers - Ted looks great, please God the transplant will be his cure!! xoxo

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    1. Debbie, The bone marrow Dr told ted if he did nothing, he could get lucky. He could have one good year or more. But with the transplant his chances go way up. Twenty or more good years. Ted is giving his all in this fight. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. We are so thankful for everyone out there helping us with their gift of prayers. Blessings to you honey, hope you have a beautiful garden this year. Happy Mother's Day. xoxo, Susie

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  20. So many prayers for you both

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    1. Thank you so much Brenda. We are grateful for all prayers. They are helping us to be strong. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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  21. Susie, I am happy to see your post. I have prayed for both you and Ted. I can relate to the stress that you have been going through with Ted's illness. Being a caregiver for so long with my other half it makes you want others to have the prayers because I still say that you can never have to many. Take care. Sending more prayers and hugs. Love your Missouri Friend Shirley

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    1. Thank you dear Shirley. I knew you cared for your husband a long time and even when he was in the nursing home, you were there. It is very stressful being a caregiver. I am grateful for each and every prayer, they have power . God hears them. Blessings to you, hope your live is smoothing out and that you have a Happy Mother's Day. xoxo,Susie

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  22. So good to see Ted looking chipper as always! I always tell you that he has a million dollar smile. What a good wife you are to stay right with him giving up creature comforts. Ongoing prayers...you know Who answers them!

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    1. Thank you so much Vee. I like looking over to his bed and seeing him smiling at me. I only pray for that to be right here in our own home soon. I am so thankful all prayers. They are helping us to know others care. We are praying for God to give us His mercy and get us thru this. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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  23. I have been away from blogging and just started again and reading my favorite blogs. I am so happy to see that Ted is getting better. I will keep him in my prayers for continued progress. God Bless You and the Family.

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    1. Thank you so much Betty. Your prayers are so welcomed. Ted is being so upbeat and doing well. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  24. Ted looks very good, so pleased he is doing so well. God bless you all.

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    1. Thank you Winiford. Your good wishes and prayers mean so much to us. Hope all is well there. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  25. Ted looks great! I'm happy to hear he's doing well. I'm glad to hear you're doing well too Susie. I continue to pray for you both. I also want to wish you a wonderful Mother's Day!

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    1. Thank you sweet Pilar. I get home when I can and Ted and I text and call one another then. He is fighting as he has never fought before. All the prayers are so helpful. Makes us both stronger. Blessings to you and thank for the Mom's day wishes. :) xoxo, Susie

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  26. Susie, I haven't been very active in Blogland the past few months, but I did check in with your blog a few weeks ago and was surprised to learn about Ted's illness. I was hurrying out the door to work and planned on coming back to leave you a comment. While, time slipped away and I didn't get back here as planned. Nevertheless, I want you to know I have been praying for Ted and you, and will continue to do so. Things sound very positive right now and I praise God for that! By the way, you look very cute in your mask. Love and hugs, Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I have missed you. I hope all is well in your new life, home and job. Thank you so much for the prayers. They are what holds us up . and absolutely helps us thru this. I am thankful Ted is the fighter he is, giving his all. Bless you and your husband, xoxo, Susie

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  27. Susie this is the best news. Ted looks amazing and seems to have tolerated all of this so well. Thank you God for keeping him well and strong to tolerate this. Keeping my prayers going Susie. You my dear are a strong women and Ted has such a great support system. Love and support and prayer are the best gifts. Hope you have time on Sunday to celebrate the wonderful women, mom, grandma and wife you are. Big hugs sweet friend.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. Thank you so much Kris, for your prayers, kind words, and good wishes. I am thankful for Ted great upbeat attitude . I get weary at times. I think everyone's prayers have kept me on my feet...when I have no way of knowing how I will get thru. I got to hear from all my daughters and grands. Hope all of you are doing well. I saw all your flowers for mother's day, wow. Blessings, xoxo,love, Susie

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  28. Thank you for the update. Ted is still on the prayer list at church. (You are too.)

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    1. Oh thank you Kathy. Please thank your church members for us. We know the prayers and God's love is our power to keep going. Blessings to you, Joe and the members, xoxo, Susie

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  29. Continuing prayers for Ted. I spent the weekend with friends at a graduation. One of our group had a bone marrow transplant at least six or seven years ago and is doing well. Sending you hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much Carol. I love hearing of others' successful transplants...it give us great hope. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
      P.S. hope you are getting some fun walks in around your city.

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