Yesterday, we went to see the transplant doctor in Hollywood. We are very optimistic about what he said. The doctor said that each week on Wednesday the doctors get together with the board at the City of Hope and discuss the new patients that they have seen that week. So tomorrow the doctor will present Sal’s case to the board at the City of Hope and they will discuss what the next step will be.
Because of the subtype of Leukemia (M5 Acute Monocytic Leukemia) that Sal has he will have to receive a bone marrow transplant, when this procedure is done he will stay a minimum of 6-8 weeks at the City of Hope. Some of his visit will be outpatient, which he will still stay at the City of Hope but it will be in the bungalows that they will provide. During this time I will have to stay with him to care for him. He will not be allowed to go home and he will not have a nurse to check on him. We do not know when this will happen, but we know that we will need help. The doctor said that they will need to find a donor match and once they find a match Sal will be given various tests to make sure his body will be able to handle the transplant. We did find out that Sal’s brother Rick is not a match.
Before the transplant Sal will have to have a round of chemo. He will also be given medication that will help prevent his body from rejecting the transplant. I am not sure how they get the bone marrow from the donor, but I do know that Sal will receive the transplant through his PICC line, just like a blood transfusion. Once he receives the transplant the doctors will observe to make sure he doesn’t have a reaction to the transplant.
Today, Sal will be readmitted to the hospital to recieve his third round of chemo, the consolidation phase. This phase is to keep Sal in remission. Leukemia usually comes back and to prevent this the doctors will continue to do consolidation chemo treatments until Sal receives the bone marrow transplant.
Sal will be at Kaiser Riverside on the same floor, but we are not sure what room yet….we did ask the nurses to reserve a room with a view this time If you would like to visit Sal while he is in the hospital PLEASE call or text us prior to coming up. Each round of chemo is different and we do not know how Sal will react to this round.
Thank you for your love and support during this time