Back at the clinic/hospital today. BJ has a spinal tap with intrathecal chemo, a chemo infusion, and 3 more chemo shots. His red and white blood cell counts have dropped, and are very low. The level of measuring his immune system, the absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is extremely low at 70. He says he feels ok, but I can tell that he doesn't feel very good. He just doesn't complain until something is very bad.
We found out that his sister is not a 100% match. This wasn't the news we were hoping for, but they did find a few preliminarily matched donors in the marrow registry. They'll be working that end while BJ continues to go through the three induction cycles to prepare him for the transplant.
I just want to encourage you to consider being a part of the BeTheMatch registry. There are blood and marrow drives being coordinated in honor of BJ, and more information on those will be posted as soon as it's available.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers, and words of encouragement...