A Fine Line

September 21, 2006


I haven’t written about my mom’s battle with myeloma in awhile because, well, there hasn’t been much to write about. She was recovering from her first stem cell transplant for the better part of a month and half and then was dealing okay with the remnant effects of that.

Mom and Dad had to return to Little Rock the first of September to do the second stem cell transplant. This was the subject of MANY discussions within our family for a variety of reasons…timing, need, recovery issues, dangers… they were all still there.

You see, in this battle, the weapons are as deadly as the enemy. And there are reasons NOT to use them.

But, right now, she is disease free. And that’s a hard argument to negate. The treatment regimen is working. Perfectly. But the treatment effects totally suck.

And that brings me to where we are right now.

From the massive chemo before this current stem cell transplant mom is now neutropenic, or has roughly 2 white cells in her body, which is where she is supposed to be right now. The problem is that she has contracted a dangerous bacteria in and around her colon that is causing major problems and now she is in jeopardy from the very treatment that is supposed to be extending her life.

It’s amazing where science has brought us, isn’t it?

The next four or five days are important ones. I can’t say it any differently or any plainer. And I’m off to Little Rock once I get things in order here.

Happy New Year to those who are celebrating it – and happy Friday to those who need it.

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5 Responses to “A Fine Line”

  1. Chris Says:

    Travel safe. You guys are in my thoughts.

  2. dee Says:

    Thinking of all of you and wishing a speedy recovery for your mom. Also, Happy New Year!

  3. Jennifer Says:

    May His face shine upon you. G-dspeed.

  4. stephanie Says:

    I’ll be thinking of you this weekend. Best of luck and give your mom lots of big hugs! And Happy New Year!

  5. Em Says:

    Pammer: Hope the rest of your stay in LR is a good one, and way to swing those bats!! See, you are definitely contributing!!
    I’m praying for your mother (and family).