We are sitting in the "aphoresis" room where Glenn is having the first day of stem cell harvesting. Seeing him hooked up to the machine makes it more real that he is truely sick, even though he doesn't act like it, or feel particularly badly. Our "next door neighbors" who are also from Jax are also having the same thing done. (She cried when her husband got hooked up to the machine.) This process will take about 4-5 hours each day. We will know tomorrow how many days the harvesting will take.
We did get to go to church yesterday, though we had to be late because Glenn is getting a shot twice a day until the harvesting is done and we had to be at the hospital for that at the same time church started. It was good to see old, old friends. They had a brunch after church so we got to talk to several people from long ago. And after we took a nap, we were treated to a real Southern Easter dinner. Some of the residents at Hope Lodge fixed ham, greens, green beans, black-eyed peas, macaroni &cheese, potato salad, dressing with gravy, dump cake, carrot cake, cookies, ice cream, flan, and of course sweet tea, (what's a Southern meal without sweet tea?). Seconds were as good as the first round!
Glenn is feeling pretty good, although he is noticing a few aches and pains associated with the shots he's getting as well as effects of the kidney damage. It really is a new and different world we have entered, in this new phase of our life. We live with uncertainty rather than our former life as we knew it, knowing what to expect from day to day. And we continue to be so thankful for the concern from each person who has expressed it to us, with the list growing all the time. It's almost overwhelming and undeserving, at least that's how we feel. We love and appreciate each one of you.