Tomorrow, Eli has a Bone Marrow Biopsy. This is in addition to his 5th and last chemo infusion for this round.
For this procedure, the surgeon inserts a couple needles into the pelvis bone on the left and right sides to extract bone and bone marrow. They’ll test to see whether his bone marrow is clean enough to do the stem cell collection. It doesn’t need to be completely void of neuroblastoma cells. This is considered a surgery, and he will be under anesthesia.
If we get positive results, Eli will prepare for stem cell collection on May 31st. Preparation involves daily injections of Neupogen starting on Monday. Neupogen stimulates the growth of white blood cells. To make this easier for Eli, he will have a catheter placed in his arm for the injections….. Really, this is to make it easier on Jamie and I because the alternative is to give him daily shots. I don’t think we would survive giving him 8 days of shots. We’ve mentioned before how his biggest concern is ‘pokes’ when we go to the hospital.
Below is a picture of our supplies for the Neupogen. I feel like I could be Wisconsin’s version of Breaking Bad since we have morphine and other drugs. However, I hated chemistry so I would of never of been a chemistry teacher. I could never get the beaker of fluid to change to the correct color. That also explains why my pool is always green and not blue.
The stem cells are used to do an autologous stem cell transplant after these initial 5 rounds of chemo are completed. During the transplant, Eli will be given high does chemo to completely destroy the remaining neuroblastoma cells in the blood marrow. And because of this, he will be in-patient for 3 to 6 weeks during the transplants.
Note: I incorrectly referred to the stem cell steps as Bone Marrow Harvest and Transplant in my previous post. Sorry, I’m still learning.
So we hope for positive results so that we can stay on schedule. I guess, please prayer for this; however, I’m nervous that his blood/bone marrow will not be ready. And if we pray specifically for positive results, and it doesn’t happen, then I’m just confused. It’s my dilemma between the randomness of the universe and what God controls. This sounds like a discussion for a whole new blog post so I’ll simply say pray for us, send us your positive vibes, or whatever else you practice.
The doctors also had Neulasta delivered in case we get negative results from the bone marrow biopsy tomorrow. The Neulasta would be injected only on Monday. In this case, we would then check at the 3rd chemo to see if the bone marrow is clean enough. So the sooner we get positive results, the less the number of bone marrow biopsy procedures and anesthesia.
Also note, that we may not get the results until Monday so please don’t ask Friday night…. Or Saturday…. Or Sunday.
As always, thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, and acts of kindness. I’m sorry that we probably wont individually say thank you to each and everyone of you. But thank you for:
– Sending cards and gifts
– Making meals or picking up groceries
– Mowing the lawn or weeding the yard
– Watching the kids
– Taking the kids to/from practice and games
– Bringing home our kids when we forget about them (Oops, only happened once so far)
Reminder: T-shirt orders are due by Sunday night.
Eli was showing off his ninja moves tonight before bed.
Jamie & Chris – I have been praying for you both and your beautiful family since reading Jamie’s first post about Eli and your sweet new baby boy.
I’m hoping you were all able to enjoy some of the gorgeous weekend weather. Prayers for good news from the biopsies and many hugs for your adorable ninja boy ❤️
I hope that adorable little ninja did well yesterday. I’m hoping and praying for good results! Xo
Prayers being sent for Eli.
Sending prayers with love and hope.
Praying for God’s perfect timing in delivering His answers and trusting Him with it all. We think and pray for you often.
Praying for the Hansen/Ostrenga family. Be strong Eli,we are all rooting ( praying) for you!
Praying positivity and strength for all
Praying for Eli & the whole family every day.
Too many angels watching over this guy and I’m praying like crazy…Come on Eli!!! ❤️
Praying for clean bone marrow!
Prayers for good results and complete healing?
Praying for all of you!
Sending prayers and much love for all of you <3
Sending prayers of support and love for Eli and the entire family. You are in thought and prayer each and every day.
Prayers, prayers, prayers. You guys so deserve some positive news right now.
Great pictures of Eli! He is so darn lovable. It makes me think… I love him so much and how incredibly much you guys love him and how much more God loves him and you! I hope you can bask in the Father’s love today!
Thanks for the update. Keeping Eli and all of you in our prayers! Praying for positive results and trusting God in this. Praying for peace and strength and perseverance. Love you guys!
Sending prayers your way. Love you guys