Things are moving steady in St Louis. I don’t see much more than the view from my window at the Barnes&Jewish hospital, but Susana tells me it’s a nice mid-size city where it’s easy to move around for shopping and daily chores. People are friendly and the weather is quite mild so far.
We already rented a nice apartment ( with visitors room) and brought our car from San Francisco so we are ready to spend here several months for the pre-transplant, transplant and outpatient period ( when I’m out of hospital but need to be really close in case complications happen).
As I mentioned in my last post, we are doing a special treatment ( Natural Killer Cells) that could maximise my chances before the transplant. As always with experimental treatments nothing is guaranteed and we’ll “cross fingers” that it does the job.
For this NKC treatment I had the support of my sister Ana who came all th way from Spain and spent several days with us going through a battery of tests from the Barnes&Jewish team. They confirmed she is a good donor for NKC so we moved ahead.
So on Tuesday this week I received the NKC cells she was extracted over several hours the day before. What a GREAT XMAS PRESENT!!
Again, this is an experimental treatment and it may not work at all but it feels great be supported and taken care by family and friends.
Over the next weeks we’ll know more about the results and this treatment and the preparation for transplant in January.
Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to everyone wherever you are around the world and PLEASE enjoy every moment with your loved ones. It’s precious and unique!!