October 2015

We return to the hospital for another week of chemo, and Matt continues to receive blood and platelet transfusions as needed.  We are then released to enjoy a few weeks of freedom before the bone marrow/stem cell transplant.  We visit the cancer center several times per week for outpatient treatment, and Matt gets another bone marrow biopsy.  We make a large chart on a whiteboard to keep track of all Matt's medications.  We continue to try to rebuild Matt's strength, both in and out of the hospital, with walks and mild exercises.  Friends and family come to visit and we enjoy every moment with them.  We celebrate an early Thanksgiving with friends and family.  We are moved from our initial patient and family housing to housing that is specifically reserved for bone marrow transplant (BMT) patients.  (Because BMT patients are very immunocompromised, meaning they don't have an immune system, strict precautions need to be in place around their living environments.)  Our few weeks of freedom are cut short when Matt spikes a fever and we have to return to the hospital.