Saturday, April 26, 2008

Four eyes!


For some odd reason Erica has always wanted glasses, and this week, her dream finally came true. Either as a result of four days of full body radiation, or as a result of a high-dose of anti-nausea medication, Erica has been experiencing very blurry vision this past week. When we were poking around the cancer center boutique yesterday she discovered that the glasses helped correct her vision and she couldn't have been happier ;) Erica weathered the radiation fairly well and had just a few minor complications that were easily treated.

It is now noon on Saturday afternoon and she is all checked in to E1, the Bone Marrow Transplant ward of Stanford Hospital. Currently she is sharing a room with another woman (no fun) but will be moved on Sunday or Monday when her counts drop so much that it will no longer be safe for her to share a room. At 2:00 today she will receive the first of two doses of a high-dose chemo called Cytoxin (so lethel that it has to be stored in its own locked room), on Monday she will rest, and on Tuesday she will have the transplant. She is doing as well as can be expected and still feels pretty strong and inexplicably looks even prettier with glasses. We will keep you all posted and let you know how the next few days go.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Erica!

artineh said...

There's just something about reading a book with glasses on ... looks so peaceful. Thinking of you.

love,
art

Georg, Stephanie & Liam said...

Thank you for the undated picture,Erica you sure do look relaxed in the midst of such a crazy week! Hoping for a sunny day to come your way. Thinking of you and sending you every positive fibe we can muster!

Stephanie

Alex said...

good luck!
I am crossing my fingers!

Alex

roman said...

i see you have gotten yourself some "statement eyewear." (design-speak for funky glasses) :)

Nancy said...

Erica, you look marvelous!! Cytoxin is a kicker but you are tougher than it is!!! Thinking of you and sending love & strength! Think positive! We're praying for you. love, nancy

Anonymous said...

Hi Erica, I discovered you on YouTube on Friday and did not realise that your BMT was so soon, I am so pleased that you have found a marrow donor and shall be thinking of you. Sending you lots of love and positive thoughts your way, Claire x

Clif said...

Dorothy Parker didn't know what she was talking about!!

Kent said...

Hey Kiddo,

Joyce and I are gearing up for our Revion Walk/Run for women here in NYC with Jaci next week.

You are in our thoughts...Oh by the way, the glasses kick ass.

Jaime L. said...

Hey Erica,

Don't think that I was on your blog just once, I've been following your journey from Boston, and I must say that you are a lot stronger than me amd at this point in the procedure... I was already falling apart and ready to give up, but that little pesky argentinean wouldn't let me... Keep up the good work...

Cheers...

Jaime Luo

deep said...

Nice glasses, Erica, we are thinking about you a lot, we said a prayer for you on Orthodox Easter.

Cheapskate #Uno said...

Hey Erica,
Natasha here again. Just wanted to let you know that I too had blurry vision for a while. It went away thought after a month or two. But hey, if you like glasses all the power to ya!

Thinking of you!
~Natasha Collins

Anonymous said...

Will send you lots of strength tomorrow. Erica, you are such an inspiration!

- Camilla

Anonymous said...

Happy New Birthday! I hope it went smoothly. Been volunteering off and on for Asian American Donor Program and following your progress, so am happy you found a donor. You're in good hands.

Matt

Kenzie said...

Happy New Birthday! Wishing and hoping everything goes well! hang in there!

Ted said...

I love the new look! I'm thinking of you. Much love, Ted

Hannah said...

Good luck today, Erica.

Scott said...

Erica, good luck - our thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Sweetie,

Te mando un super abrazo desde este frio en Medford, brrr! ContinĂșa siendo tan fuerte como hasta ahora.

Also sending you strength and good wishes so that everything turns out just GREAT!

Energy, strength and lots of love,

Giselle

Shaq said...

Glasses are super sexy! And the reason? Because only good looking people wear glasses. No one else would dare looking worse than they already do by putting them on. I heard a comedian say this once and it totally makes sense.

Everyone at Fletcher is thinking about you and sending you warmth and love and positivity. Good luck with the marrow transplant!!!

kanigma said...

Good luck today Erica! We will be thinking of you today and in the coming months.

Mark and Yuri.