OK, first update, as I just got off the phone with Susan. Nothing dramatic to report, but then "boring" is what we want.
Susan and Bob got up to Boston about 7:30 PM last night and she checked into Dana Farber. The admitting procedure was quite meticulous -- everything she brought with her had to be wiped down with some kind of sterile solution and then sealed in individual plastic bags before it could be brought into the transplant wing. Think "clean room" as in chip fabrication plant. The night passed uneventfully. Bob stayed in a nearby Hampton Inn. Guess he wasn't clean enough.
This morning Susan had her PIC line inspected and x-rayed. This line is like a port into a vein, to be used to draw blood and to inject solutions, so she doesn't have to be stabbed every time. However, instead of being installed at a usual injection site, it is threaded up like a catheter to a position near the heart. Assuming the PIC line is still clean and in good shape (results of the integrity check are still pending as I write), it will be used for the conditioning chemotherapy, starting later today and continuing through Sunday, and then for the stem cell infusion (the transplant) next Tuesday.
Susan has her laptop with her but has not yet been able to log on. She knows that your good wishes have been pouring in and looks forward to reading them when she is able to connect at some point later in the day.