"Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD."
We received word today from KU Med Center that further testing has revealed two well-matched donors. This means that two people match up with all the necessary markers and can be a bone-marrow donor for Tammy.
Our next step is an appointment Wednesday afternoon, where Tammy will sign release papers and get a physical to make sure she's ready for the transplant. Once the papers are signed, the National Donor Registry will contact the two matches (one at a time) to see if they're still willing to be donors. If they are, they will have a physical to make sure there are no hidden medical issues. After that, they'll receive medicines to stimulate their bone marrow to produce extra cells. A week later, their blood will be removed and the extra bone-marrow cells will be filtered out of it. The remaining blood will be put back into the donor and the bone-marrow cells will be given to Tammy in a transfusion.
The hospital told us that if everything goes smoothly, she could be in transplant in about three weeks.
We're still a long way from completion, and it's going to be a tough road. But God has been faithful to show us His guidance, and we continue to count on Him. We thank you for your prayers during this whole process. We believe that God has blessed the efforts of the group who planned the bone-marrow drive last Saturday. If we already knew there was a match, we might not have had the same ambition to get the drive going and maybe not as many people would have showed up. We are praising God that many more people may have found their matches through the drive.
God is good, all the time.