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preparing for the procedures that will make up her autologous stem cell transplant.

The hospital asked us to check in between 9 and 10 this morning, and she has been in her room since just around 10.

In preparation for the start of the heavy chemo tomorrow, she is hooked up to an IV and receiving anti-nausea meds as a precaution.

She will also regularly be rinsing her mouth with a normal saline solution.

She and I are in good spirits.  

She is in Fairfax Hospital, which is about a 12-15 minute drive from our house, because that is where this kind of transplant is done - they do not have the facilities at the hospital two blocks from our house.

There is a sofa in the room, and I will be able to stay here overnight when things get to be trying - that will not be before the end of this week in all likelihood.

Just one caution we must make to friends - please do not send flowers, plants, or fruit.  Because of the danger of infection none of that will be allowed in the room.  Pictures of flowers are of course welcome!  :-)

And we continue to be grateful for the prayers, for holding her (and me) In the Light, for your general concern and kindness.

Peace.

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