After a bumpy start to the day, it turned out to be quiet a momentous day.
Levi had his central line inserted, bone marrow harvested & the cherry on top was that Levi’s bone marrow donor has passed his health checks and is able to donate his bone marrow to Levi.
Levi is quiet sore from the harvest, though spent the afternoon snoozing it off. He is a tough little guy so I’m sure he will be up and about in no time. We are just hoping that he doesn’t find his ‘chest jewelry’ too fascinating.
As some of the above lingo might be the first time you’ve heard it mentioned, here’s a quick lesson…
The Central line is a catheter that is inserted under the skin of the chest into a vein and will be instrumental during Levi’s transplant for collecting blood samples, (which will be daily in the first 4 weeks & beyond), and for giving medication & fluids.
Levi’s bone marrow was harvested as a backup just in case there are any issues prior to or during the transplant. As Levi will be going through chemotherapy to wipe out his bone marrow to make room for the marrow of his donor, if the donor’s bone marrow doesn’t take he will need his own bone marrow back. Though we are hoping not to use this option, it’s always good to know that there is a backup plan, even if it does mean we back to where we started.