“Be so happy that when others look at you, they become happy too.”
Hey everyone, it’s transplant day +43!
We’ve almost been home for a week! It’s been pretty hectic, as we’ve been adjusting to life outside of the hospital. It’s been a huge struggle for Brandon to get up and around the hospital every morning with how exhausted he has been. I am so happy to report that the last two days have been a huge improvement. Today Brandon managed to get around the hospital almost all day without a wheelchair!
I have some incredibly exciting news! This week we got the chimerism report back from Brandon’s bone marrow biopsy. Brandon’s bone marrow consists of 100% donor cells! THIS IS HUGE! This means that the donor’s stem cells have fully engrafted and replaced Brandon’s old diseased bone marrow. To be at 100% donor cells at day 30 is amazing! This usually isn’t expected to happen until later after transplant. Brandon is totally rocking this transplant!
This week we also met with Brandon’s primary stem cell doctor for the first time post-transplant. He was extremely happy and excited with how Brandon is doing. He said that Brandon is exceeding expectations! I can’t tell y’all how big of a smile I had coming out of that appointment! It was such music to my ears!
In other exciting news, tomorrow is our first day away from the hospital in 51 days! Brandon has been doing so well that they are allowing us a day at home. If all goes well we may get consecutive days off very soon. Woohoo! Brandon and I are both so excited to sleep in tomorrow morning and spend a day lounging at home.
Brandon’s doctor also cleared him to eat raw, thick-skinned fruits and vegetables! This may seem small, but Brandon has been without any raw food for months. He was pretty excited to get this news! Bring on the oranges, bananas, melons, and avocados!
Thank you all for your continuous love and support! I can’t wait to share more good news as Brandon continues to recover.