Saturday, August 1, 2009

Welcome Home Jodie!!!

Welcome Home Jodie!!!!

116 days ago Jodie left Dallas for Houston's MD Anderson hospital for a life saving bone marrow transplant, because of God's grace and faithfulness and your never ending prayers and support, she is now home.  She returned on Thursday night, but actually didn't stay at home until Friday.  Tyler had strep throat, so an extra day on antibiotics was needed before he was not contagious.

Jodie is feeling great!  The last couple of weeks in Houston were a breeze.  Her doctors even stopped her 3 visits per week to the hospital.  She only went in for a couple of follow up visits.

As for Jodie's overall recovery, she is still in the early stages.  She still has a lowered immune system so we'll focus on preventing sickness and infection and watching for signs of graft disease.  GVHD happens when the new immune system (donor cells), sees Jodie's cells as foreign and begins to attack them. Her recovery is expected to take a couple of years since GVHD is most common during that time and her immune system will need that time to mature.  Since she's starting all over, Jodie will need to get immunization shots again too.  Maybe her and Elizabeth can finish them up together:)

That's it for now, just a quick update.  Got to get back to pancake breakfast with Jodie and the kids, God is so very good!!!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"

Jeremiah 29:11