Well, Dr. Seuss, you are wrong. Today Tiffany is one part Tiffany, and one part a young German female.
She received her TRANSPLANT! WE MADE IT! Yes, the journey continues, but there was a point just over a month ago that today was in serious jeopardy - so today we celebrate.
You will see in the above picture, Tiffany holding up the line of stem cells and you can see the expression on her face - one full of emotion telling us that indeed, she made it! (The blanket to the side is a gift from the nurses they brought in as they sang 'Happy Birthday'. See below.)
As I explained in the last post, we expected this part of the transplant to be kind of anticlimactic. Merely a blood transfusion. Not so.
Oh, it wasn't way different in so many ways. But the fact of what it was and what it would do for Tiffany was amazing! And then, on top of that, you could actually see the stem cells move through the tubing! It was mesmerizing. We sat there almost the full hour and a half it was being transfused into her and watched it go through the tube. At one point, with her dad on the phone - Tiffany started naming some of them and was telling them where they were assigned, "Your name is Bob, you go to my femur. Jillian, head to my hips. George, ..."
We got a cool video of it going in - check this out... (I uploaded it as HD - but it just isn't looking as good as it does on the original - so if you are ever near me when I have the Ipad - let me show you - you can see the individual cells going in - it's so cool!)
We are indeed grateful. Yes, Tiffany is starting to feel awful, just plain yucky. But today, we celebrate, for thanks to a wonderful German young woman, Tiffany has life back in her.
And so our 100 days begins. 100 days is not a magical number. Things could go very well and be out of the critical stage early, or there could possibly a few complications and be a little bit late. But December 11th is our target. We will make it.
And we will then celebrate whomever Tiffany is made up of now.