Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Day 0...Happy Birthday to You

At 11am, Wednesday July 29th, the Grossman's welcomed a new addition to their family.

Jonathan Paul Grossman

...version 2.0

Yup, day 0 is the start of the new Jonathan andddd a new birthday! [Sorry Bubbie, but this is now the day he was welcomed into the world!]

So you're probably wondering, how did it go?

At 7am, PST, I woke up, turned on my computer, called dad via Skype, and watched as the nurse played around with various tubes and buttons. And then I called dad again because the connection had dropped...And again...And a few more times before it finally connected. Right in time for me to watch it going in.

It was quite uneventful... Dad started by talking to me while he was sitting up as the stem cells, which he said resembled tomato juice, started to go into his body. He eventually got more tired and had to lean back.

Then, to my excitement, he started "cookie whoofing." Just as I started eating a muffin. Mmm.

He threw up a few more times but seems ok now. Im watching him as he sits up in his bed. He's not the happiest camper, as mom put it, but it's all going to be worth it in the end.

The transplant ended at around 11:03 EST.

Happy birthday dad~

PS; this is Jason with the balloon he bought dad that says "it's a boy"
And this is mom with the Joe Louis she brought dad [since he can't have cake!]


  1. Debbie NightingaleJuly 29, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Hey Jessica....this is quite amazing...! Happy Birthday Jonathan....what a wonderful day for you.....we're cheering you on. Great to get the blow-by-blow and pictures - I especially liked Jason's "ITS A BOY" balloon....Keep going!



  2. Hey Jessica. Wow! Thank you for doing such a great job keeping us all in the loop. Isn't technology amazing. Happy birthday Jonathan. We are so happy for you, and are here to support you in whatever way you need. How was the Joe Louis? Jonathan, you are an amazing person with the most optimistic outlook ever! We look forward to celebrating your new birthday with for many many years to come. Love, Bonnie, Mike, Maxine and Derek

  3. absolutely amazing! I'm so happy by this! SO SO happy for you all!
    YES YES!!!!

  4. Hi Jessica,

    Congratulations to you and your family. And so the countdown begins for day 28 and so on up to day 100. As my Dad's doctors said, there will be ups and downs through this process but don't let it get you down! Keep positive thoughts and send lots of love to your Dad. It's one of the most important things you can do!

    Take care,
    Lori Petrini

  5. Hey Everyone,
    You did it! You are all incredible! Mazel Tov and Happy Birthday!
    Lots of Love,

  6. I just heard about your recent drive and it's success and I am thrilled for you and your family. We are looking into the bone marrow drive process here in Canada as our 11 year old son requires a bone marrow transplant. I think it's terrible that you had to fund the drive yourselves. Thankfully you come from such a loving and generous community. Best Wishes for the future! Nicola Murphy