I'm putting the journal entry about Evan here instead of in the side column:
Day+1, 172 days here....................
This is Grandma Dorothy updating for Jaime. Many have been texting and calling for an update. The past 2 days have been a struggle. We have a new and hightened admiration for anyone who chooses to donate for a bone marrow transplant! Tuesday morning we all left Evan's room about 7:30 AM. Evan had his 2nd and final radiation treatment. The procedure is amazing. Dr. Firat, the radiation oncologist, was wonderful. Jaime had discovered a few days prior that he was Turkish, so they were sharing mideastern ancestory! He worked dilegently to ensure that Evan's blocks were perfect so that his body received radiation only where necessary. We discovered that he made yet additional adjustments after we left to get Jaime to interventional radiology for the placement of her Mahukar catheter. Where the boys have their central lines in their chests, Jaime had hers in the neck. She didn't appreciate the fact that I told her she was now like Herman Munster! Evan also told her that she was not allowed by him-the thought of a tube in her neck freaked him out. He pretty much held to that prediction! The insertion of the catheter was not completed as we had expected and was also more painful than anticipated.
Evan received platelets and then his mom's cells about 8 pm. Once again, he slept thru the procedure! We took lots of pictures of Anna (aka Blondie-Evan loves her!) getting the tiny package of cells ready and watching them infuse. It's amazing how small the packet of cells is.
This was chatty, but will hopefully give you a rundown of the events for the past few days. Hopefully the editor in chief will be back at the news desk tomorrow!!
Good night and God bless! Keep all donors in your prayers, because they give tremendously of themselves in order to give life to others.