Today was the Big Day! It was the moment we had all been waiting for. The reinfusion of Bryan's stem cells that were harvested in June. These stem cells were cryogenically frozen from June 27 until now. The gentleman brought them in and started unthawing them.
Then, Bryan's nurses today, Becky and Ellie, were here to start the process once they were given the okay. There was a lady chaplain, named Jeanine, who came in to say a prayer with us and bless the stem cells. She led us in a very nice prayer prior to the infusion. It helped since Bryan, Pam and I were an emotional wreck.
Bryan shared his story so many times with so many different people today that I am sure it stirred deep emotions in Pam as well. She has been by his side throughout this entire time and has often times put her life on hold to make sure he was taken care of and receiving the best treatment out there. I am sure that this was the day she had prayed for since he was diagnosed in 1992. Yet, she allowed me to be right there by his side today as we all prayed together. Arms around each other. I couldn't ask for a better mother-in-law.
Bryan shared with Amy Morgan, Dr. Burt's nurse how much she meant to him and how positive she is each and every time she enters the room.
Then, Bryan's infusion started. It was around 10:05 a.m. It was over within about 30-40 minutes. That was that. The nurses had mentioned that he may feel some tightening of his chest and a tickle in his throat. His blood pressure and heart rate may go up. These were all normal reactions to the stem cell infusion, but they had ways to help with all of those reactions should they happen. Bryan felt fine during the entire infusion. He felt a slightly flushing in his ears and a light headache. Nothing too serious and nothing requiring any medical intervention. Overall, he felt great!
Bryan's doctor, Dr. Burt, popped in at the end and Bryan was able to share with him how blessed he was to be here and benefit from Dr. Burt's research. He wrote Dr. Burt a really nice thank you note. Dr. Burt joked with him and said, "The bribe money is inside, right?"
I am personally thankful that everything has gone as well as it has. I know that this journey is far from over and there will be good days mixed in with not so good days. However, I know that without God's guidance we wouldn't be here today. I also know that without our friends and loved ones praying for us, it would not have gone so well. In fact, I know that there are complete strangers praying for us today and that is just overwhelming. There were two other stem cell transplants on the floor today for autoimmune diseases. We don't know their names or even their illnesses, but we were praying for them from a distance for those patients and their loved ones. I received a card from my grandma Glenna today and she shared something very powerful with me. She said, "Sometimes the most powerful prayers are the ones that you never hear." That is so true. We know that there were many prayers lifted up for us today that we did not hear. However, we felt them. There was an overwhelming calm and peace here with love while Bryan's transplant was going.
Thank you to my dear friend, Ashley for reminding me that "There is a God and He answers our prayers!" She also shared this verse from Psalm 100:5. "For The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations"
Oh yeah and we should say, "Go, Bryan! It's Your Birthday!"