From the recent picture posted, you have probably guessed that Rachel had a very tall guest from the Utah Jazz come visit on Wednesday! Mehmet Okur, 6 ft. 11 in., brought her a signed mini basketball and an autographed Utah Jazz Yearbook! It was quite a surprise. The Jazz team comes to PCMC each year to bring some Christmas cheer to the children here in the hospital.
Results from her scopes two days ago showed that she has a bacteria that causes ulcers. They are treating her with antibiotics for that and hoping she feels better soon. At this point, there was no "definitive" graft vs. host disease (GVHD). So they won't start her on steroids, which is the treatment for GVHD.
They keep reassuring us they are trying to get us out of here by Christmas. That would probably be the best gift we could get this year--to be able to spend Christmas with our family...at home!