Hi, thanks for reading. As many of you know, my brother is having a relapse of Aplastic Anemia. In case you don’t know what that is, the easiest way to explain the disease is to say that it’s a blood disorder in which the bone marrow doesn’t make enough cells. This causes my brother not to have enough red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets. It’s dangerous because blood cells fight off infection, stop bleeding, make blood, etc.
Anyway, my brother was on a pill we were hoping would work to get things back on track over the course of six weeks. Unfortunately, my brother didn’t respond the way we were hoping for. The result is that he has to get a bone marrow transplant.
Dear old Stanley the manly, my dad, is going to be Bryant’s donor. It could change to me at any point, but right now, they think my dad’s marrow is a better match.
The hospital has expedited this entire process and my brother’s actual transplant will be April 4. There are many tests, preparations, chemotherapy, radiation, etc. that need to be done before that though.
My brother has an amazing hematologist in Baltimore that will be doing the transplant. We’re lucky he will be under the best care possible for this disease. However, his doctor being in Baltimore and me being his caregiver after the transplant means I will be moving to Baltimore indefinitely once again.
The timeline calls for my brother to be near the hospital for 100 days after the transplant. If they extend the time they want to keep an eye on him or there is any other unforseen circumstance then it’ll be longer. I don’t really want to speculate as to when I’ll be back.
Good news is, we’ll be living in the old place! Love the row house, familiar territory…I’ll also get to see some old friends I made the first time around. I’ll also have a lot of time on my hands to update my blog?
Bad news, obviously it’s pretty serious that my brother has to get a transplant. I’m going to miss my dance class and the kids I nanny for(don’t tell any of the other kids, but ESPECIALLY my little chickpea. I mean seriously, how will I get through the weeks without pinching or kissing those checks and seeing that smile?). Also her brother told me I am his best friend, and all my other little ones are just sweet as pie to me as well. I’ll really miss them all a lot.
If you want to do anything to help, I need a ride to the airport the morning of April 1. Also, anything that would fill up time would help, as I feel relatively useless when I’m not working. Book and movie suggestions, adult coloring books, recipe sharing because I’ll be cooking a lot, cheap hobby suggestions, good vibes, prayers and just keeping in touch with me. If you were linked here from Facebook there were only a small number of people I shared that link with, so if you saw it I want to stay in touch.
So that’s basically it. Thanks again for reading, and I hope you’ll stay in touch while I’m gone!