Zoey Week 94: June 10 - June 16, 2012
Some really EXCELLENT news this week. Did you know that there are always Bone Marrow cells circulating in your blood? Her medical team took a blood sample to do a Bone Marrow Study to see if the B.M. was the "Donor" stuff or the "Old, Pre-Transplant" Zoey cells. If it was the old B.M., she'd need a second transplant which she couldn't survive at this time. If it was the donor Bone Marrow, they'd just be patient and continue to wait for it to function as it should. A few days after the sample was drawn, the results came back: 100% Donor! Praise God and thanks to her medical team.
The real mystery is what's taking so long for it to produce as it should? She's been on a special drug which could be a B.M. stimulant for about a month. It's a short supply drug, Mom had to get from K.P. San Francisco. K.P. L.A. couldn't get it directly. It was a major chore getting the months supply. Anyway, it didn't seem to be working, so it was discontinued this week.
Rumors floating this week:
1. Zoey needs more Physical Therapy then is available at K.P.L.A. She needs to transfer to a Rehab facility.
2. Zoey could be transfered to K.P. San Diego so she could be closer to her friends and family network.
3. Zoey's about to leave ICU for a "Regular" hospital room. Good, it's a sign of progress. Bad, nurse to patient ratio in ICU is one to one. Ratio in regular is four to one. Zoey needs a lot more care then is available with only a quarter of a nurse.
Just rumors and speculation, we'll wait, watch and pray.
Zoey continued on a liquid diet this week.
Breakfast, "The most important meal of the day." Only problem is that the menu for lunch and dinner is the about the same as what's offered for breakfast. Soup and no cream of wheat is available for lunch and dinner. Not much variety, but better then only I.V. nutrition.
Zoey had a second visit from Eileen this week. Apostle Buehner spent an hour with Zoey and Mom on Wednesday. Both visits were really appreciated.
Pain and pain medication continue to be major areas of concern. She's up to 30 minutes of Physical Therapy, but that's a major effort on Zoey's part.
We continue to be thankful to God, Friends, and Family for the constant strength, support, prayers, and hope we feel daily.
Grandpa Dave 6/16/12
41 days at Kaiser L.A. 40 days in ICU there
232 days at City of Hope
284 days at Kaiser S.D.
557 days in the hospital since diagnosed August 25, 2010
262 days since Bone Marrow Transplant