Saturday, September 22, 2012

Steve Robbins Update - 9/22/12

About three months ago Old Bro Network published THIS POST about Steve Robbins (EpSig 678) and his battle with leukemia.  Since then, an "EXACT" bone marrow match for Steve was identified, and yesterday Bill Schlicter sent in this photo and note updating Steve's upcoming transplant schedule .....

Tuck Meador, Steve Robbins, Bill Schlichter
9/21/12 ..... Steve's transplant will take place next Wednesday the 26th.  We exchanged texts yesterday. He is currently undergoing pretty intense pre-transplant chemo which is intended to completely knock out his immune system.  Understandably, the chemo makes him feel like crap, but his spirits are good because he knows the transplant is finally gonna happen, and he has been waiting for that since May.  `You can see in the picture that Tuck and I were required to wash up, and wear mask and gloves before entering his room as his immune system was already in a weakened state.  This current round of chemo will completely knock it down.  The transplant is actually somewhat anti climactic as they simply come to his room with another IV bag which contains the bone marrow.  The bag gets hung, and the transplant material flows into his body, and ends up going to the right place…….done deal.  After that he goes into strict isolation while they monitor him closely to ensure the transplant takes.  Because they found an "exact" match for his bone marrow, the odds are in his favor.  But a little prayer from the Bros would certainly be welcomed.

Roughly 2 weeks after his transplant, they will move him to a small cottage located  at the City of Hope where his wife Karen can stay with him but he is still close enough for his docs to keep close tabs on him.  I think once he moves into the cottage he can have visitors, but to be sure, I will confirm all that in a future update.  Steve will spend 2 or 3 weeks in the cottage, then be released to go home around 01 Nov.

Anyway, just wanted to keep everyone appraised of his current status.  My hope is we can use Steve's recovery to rally in Duarte with a few of the Bros in mid/late October.  There is a Spaghetti Factory just around the corner where Tuck and I had dinner where we could meet. 

In Zax,  Slick    

I encourage ALL of you Old Bro's out there to keep Steve in your thoughts and prayers, especially next Wednesday, with high hopes for a successful transplant so that Steve can get this behind him and continue to live a full and long life .....

As Slick mentions above, we hope to use Steve's recovery as a reason to get together next month sometime, I'll keep everyone posted as details about that become available.

ZAX,
MJH
EpSig 700

3 comments:

  1. MJ - Thanks for the update - Slick & Tuck - thanks for your updates and the great picture. I think we are all praying for a healthy recovery and know that this could have been any one of us.
    Special thanks to Slick and Tuck for the frequent visits and updates - I'm pretty sure they are helping Steve!
    Cheers,

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  2. Great update Tuck and Bill... We will keep Steve in our thoughts!

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  3. Thanks Slick & Tuck...Steve - get healthy, baby! I'm praying for you and pulling for you all the way....LaPute

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