I'm heading down to City of Hope early in the morning. Now that she's in the new room I can put up the decorations the kids and I picked out for her: some football themed party supplies and shellacked pine cones we brought back from Big Bear. Just a few things to bring color and some of the outside world into her room.
The last dose of chemo will start tomorrow around 11 am. The medicine they use for that dose is different than the others -- this one will be much stronger. The nurses have been prepping Krista for an unpleasant experience. The dose will take about 1/2 hour, but they say that she will have to suck on ice chips for a full hour. This medicine causes swelling in the mouth capillaries and the ice chips help counter that effect. But it's not going to be easy. That's another reason for me to go down. Please pray that it all goes well.
This new kind of chemo is going to do the job of killing off the bone marrow in preparation for the transplant on Wednesday. There's not going to be any radiation this time, because the oncologist believes it isn't fully necessary or safe for Krista after all she's been through.
Thanks to Regina for bringing dinner tonight. And thanks to everyone who helped with rides for the kids this week. I'm working on rides for next week, and so far it's looking good. Glenn and Jannelle are staying with the kids at home again this week. That's great because it allows me to be more flexible in case I need to extend my stay with Krista. We'll see how it goes and how long I may be needed down there. It's interesting that Jesus answered the disciple's fears with a discussion of rooms in heaven. I'm going to settle my heart today with this thought:
[Jesus speaking] "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?"(John 14:1-2)