Bone Marrow Transplant 4 June 2020
It’s been just over four months since diagnosis.
Most of that time has been spent in Room 12, Level 7, at Starship Hospital.
We’ve been allowed a short break for the long weekend.
This is the first break for Oscar in about two months because he’s been so unwell between Rnd 2 & Rnd 3 of chemo.
It’s been nice for us all as it’s been so long since we’ve spent any time as a whole family.
The kids have all missed their brother & he has needed this so much.
We go back into hospital tomorrow to take on the biggest challenge of his treatment so far.
Oscar will begin Round 4, known as “conditioning”, then he will undergo a Bone Marrow Transplant. (BMT).
We have found a stem cell donor match from the UK, for that we are so grateful.
This is Oscars best chance of survival.
The conditioning is intense.
The transplant itself is relatively “easy” in process.
The process will likely take two months or so.
It will be dictated by Oscar & his body day by day.
He will get sick unfortunately.
Extremely ill most likely.
The danger of infection and complications is high.
The threat to his life, very real.
There have been discussions about the process with his lead Doctors & the transplant Nurse specialist.
They are highly qualified, amazing people and we trust them and their decisions.
Too many times they mention his mortality during the discussions though.
We place our sons life in their hands.
It’s a reality none of us can ignore.
There have been tears.
I have sat sobbing on the shower floor for my boy and what he faces.
Sleep has been a struggle.
We have started counselling to help Oscar & ourselves as this goes on.
It has been a reality check again, just how big this challenge is that Oscar is fighting & what we will all be facing as we enter hospital tomorrow.
But we do not doubt this is his best chance of fighting the baddies and beating his Leukemia.
He’s strong, he’s brave and we have to believe he will beat this.
Losing is not an option.
Thank you to you all for your support so far, see you in a few months.
Thank you so much.
Gav, Sarah, Isla, Sailor, Oscar, Sage.