Yesterday we met with the stem cell transplant team at Vanderbilt Hospital and we came away rather overwhelmed. The social worker laid out in great detail all that we will have to do prior to the transplant and all that I will have to do during the 6 weeks after the transplant. I learned that my role as the primary care-giver is to do the “Three C’s: clean, cook and chauffeur.” However, I must do these things in a very specific way so as to eliminate any and all potential germs from getting to Claire. She can’t have any raw fruits or vegetables and everything must be cooked completely thoroughly. Any source of bacteria must be eliminated; so no dish clothes or hand towels may be used. She is to wear her to clothes only once and then they must be laundered in hot water to remove any potential germs. There is to be no contact with any others except for hospital staff for 45 days. The specifics were overwhelming at first and I was scrambling trying to remember them all. Then I remembered what the nurse practitioner had said in November. “We are basically going to kill her and bring her back to life.” There are so many specific precautions because she will be completely vulnerable to almost anything and can get an infection very easily. It was overwhelming and, quite frankly, scary!
We all have valleys of one sort or another. Perhaps there are valleys of loneliness, of sickness, fear, frustration and so many other things. God is with us in the valley. We don’t have to be afraid of any evil for God is with us to comfort and protect and simply to guide us through whatever it may be that he is calling us to go through.