Last night was pretty uneventful. Cody was munching up a storm with junk food until I told him we were going to bed at 11:00. The nurse told me he gained a pound yesterday. That is a big thing... They started giving him supplements through his IV a couple of days ago and he seems to be getting his appetite back so we hope he will gain a little weight back.
He continues to have a very hard time dealing with anger. I continue to have a hard time knowing how to deal with it. I want to be sensitive to his situation but I also want him to know that it is totally unacceptable to act out in such a manner to get what you want. This is a real fine line we are walking here.
We should be getting a clearer picture on what is in store for him. We anticipate that they will be harvesting his stem cells in the next couple of days. There is a real small window when the body produces them. It happens when the body and blood is recovering from chemo. The harvesting process is actually very interesting. The doctor told me that she thinks they can use his central line for the procedure. They hook Cody up to a machine that runs his blood through a tube into the machine. Inside the machine the tube is like a jump rope. There blood runs through the line as it swings around. This process separates the platelets, red blood and stem cells. On the other side of the machine you see three tubes with yellow, red and pink fluid running through it. The yellow and red lines join and mix the platelets back with the red blood as the line returns the blood back to Cody. The pinkish fluid (stem cells) go into an IV bag. The stem cells are now frozen until they are needed. Last time Cody did real well during this procedure. They gave him a drug that made him hallucinate. He was trying to pick and eat the little colored dots off the blanket he was using. Sounds like me in my high school days... LOL.. Anyway, we should soon be heading to New York after this procedure. Then we will find out where we go from there.
Thanks for all the kind words the last few days. This is my way of venting. I may seem scatter brained sometimes but that is only because I am..