Monday, March 29, 2010

Run fast..and Do it!

Now that the three Induction cycles are complete, we face a week of tests, scans, consultations, transition, education, and preparation for a new world of Bone Marrow Transplant.

When I face times that seem impossible, I try to remember examples of brave men and women who kept going in spite of the storms and chose faith over fear. (Moses, Ruth, Daniel, Nephi, Mary, George Washington, Harriet Beecher Stowe...)

I most especially try to remember my Savior, Jesus Christ. He didn't quit. And by His empowering grace, neither will I.

Here's the schedule:

Tuesday, March 30:
7:30AM: MRI scan at IHC's Southridge Hospital in Riverton followed by blood and platelet transfusions at the PCMC in Salt Lake. (Tali's counts just aren't recovering very fast right now...)

Wednesday, March 31:
7:00AM: Electrocardiogram (EKG) at the PCMC
9:00AM: Assessment in the Oncology Clinic at PCMC to get ready for spinal tap/lumbar puncture
10:30AM: Spinal tap/lumbar puncture followed by sedated audiology test

Friday, April 2:
Surgury to remove (what's left of) the old central line and to install a new one at PCMC. (Time TBD)

Monday, April 5:
8:00am: Insert peripheral IV in wrist at PCMC oncology clinic
9:00am: GFR (Kidney test) at University Hospital (next door to PCMC)
Transition from Oncology team to Bone Marrow Transplant team (PCMC):
1:00pm: Meeting with child life specialist
1:45pm: Meeting with social worker
2:30pm: Meeting with dietary specialist
2:45pm: Meeting with planning coordinator
3:00pm: Meeting with finance person

Wednesday, April 7:
Transition from Oncology team to Bone Marrow Transplant team continues (PCMC):
10:30am: Pharmacy education
11:30am: Nursing education
1:00pm: History review and physical
2:00pm: Family conference with the doctor

Friday, April 9:
9:00am: Admit Talitha to Immuno Compromise Services floor at PCMC to begin extended stay for first cycle of Consolidation: Chemotherapy followed by Bone Marrow Transplant/rescue.

"And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength." (Mosiah 4:27)

I can almost hear Talitha's little but enthusiastic voice as she pieces together small two word phrases:

"Do it!"

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