Thanks all for the encouragement...it means so very very much!!!
Here is the plan for the next 3 days...we'll be staying 3 days and 2 nights in lovely Chicago
Today Natalie is scheduled to be admitted to CMH for a blood transfusion. (As of right now, it's room 686.) Her hemoglobin dropped again to 6.7. But it took a week and a half to drop this much - so I guess that is an improvement
. Tomorrow, we will do an angioplasty of her portal vein and put a stent in it. The procedure can last several hours. She will be under general anesthesia. As of now, she's scheduled for about 1100 tomorrow. We've been planning this for a while now, so it will be good to see if it makes a difference.
She will be required to stay overnight on 6 West for observation after the procedure (bleeding is the most common complication). She'll get an ultrasound the next morning (Friday) to make sure the vein is open. If she's doing well, she'll be discharged.
While it is a procedure with risk, it is fairly simple and routine compared to the other things that she's gone through. But prayers are appreciated, nonetheless.
And while you're at it, could you also pray for my uncle (Natalie's great-uncle) Dennis? He is going to Madison to start chemo on Friday, in preparation for his stem cell transplant on August 5.