Hi, this is Mary Lou (Deb’s Mom). Yesterday Deb and I moved out of the hotel where we stayed for Deb’s outpatient procedures. Deb was admitted to the hospital, and I have rented an apartment in the HOME Apartments, which are just a short walk from the hospital. The apartments were built in the mid-80’s for out-of-town patients and their families who need housing while undergoing treatment at Stanford. They are a bit dated but quite adequate for my needs, and I like being near the hospital as the parking garage there is a huge underground structure and it can be tough to find an available spot.
Deb was admitted in the late afternoon to the Blood and Marrow Transplant Inpatient Unit at Stanford, a 22-patient unit dedicated entirely to bone marrow transplant patients. Deb is currently in a double room, and will be moved to a private room when her white blood counts drop and she develops neutropenia (an abnormally low level of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that fights infection). People with neutropenia are at increased risk for developing serious infections. At Kaiser Permanente, Deb had decorated her room to make it her own personal space, but there’s little available wall space in this room, so she is only able to put up a few special things to try to create a healing and homey environment.
Today Deb begins her chemo treatments, which she described yesterday under the “Deb’s Blog” tab, so I won’t go into that here. I’ll write more in a few days and let you know how she’s doing. We have great confidence in the Stanford medical team and are very optimistic that the transplant will be successful and Deb will be able to live a long and healthy life … but we do know that the next few weeks will be tough, so please keep your prayers and positive energy coming her way.