Blog for Jackie Sue while at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. UPDATED. This blog now covers her progress after her mini-allo MUD transplant. Her transplant was the first one to be performed by the Mayo Clinic.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Back in Rochester

Well, we are back in Rochester. We left Pryor about 7:00 AM this morning and arrived in Rochester just before 5:00 PM. Jackie and I actually felt almost "at home" when we walked into the little apartment.

Jackie will take her first chemo treatment in the morning in preparation for the transplant. She will be taking Rituxan, which she has taken many times before. Her next treatment won't be for another week. So....we will be cooling our heels with little to do for another week. Beginning next Wednesday, however, things will happen quickly. She will receive here second Rituxan treatment followed by four days of Fludarabine chemo treatment. There will be a day of rest (I'm sure she will need it) and then a one-course radiation treatment. At this point she will be treated inside the hospital. The day after radiation she will receive the transplant. We talked with the transplant coordinator and we are a "go" for April 12th.

In the few days we've been away from Rochester the climate has improved dramatically! When we left the snowmobiles were running around the rural areas. Now the snow is all melted and the temperature tomorrow is supposed to be nearly 60 degrees. The ponds are still mostly frozen, so it is a long way to Spring.

Thanks for checking in....

Bruce and Jackie from Rochester
Note to: Joel and David Lapidus...the absolute range for a BMW 745 is 649 miles. I was able to complete the trip from Pryor to Rochester on one tank of gas. The mileage equates to about 26 mpg. Not bad!


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