Yesterday evening, Brandon was admitted to the hospital to begin the conditioning chemotherapy for his stem cell transplant. We hit the ground running with his first dose of chemotherapy that started this morning at 2:30 am. Brandon received three different chemotherapies over a total of 8 hours. This will continue for the next 3 days as they wipe out his immune system to prepare for his stem cell transplant on the 12th.
So far Brandon is doing very well! He has been up and active today walking laps around the ward and staying upright and out of bed. The doctors are encouraging him to be as active as he can before all the side effects from the chemotherapy catch up with him (which will likely occur shortly after the transplant date).
Today Brandon’s hemoglobin (which transports oxygen around his body) dipped very low to 65 (normal is between 140 and 180) so he received 2 transfusions of red blood cells. These are the first of many transfusions he will need over the next few weeks as his bone marrow dies and looses its ability to produce blood cells. These transfusions will continue until his donor’s stem cells start to grow and produce blood cells of their own (usually around 14 days port transplant.)
Thank you all for your love and support. I will continue to keep everyone updated with Brandon’s progress.