Monthly Archives: November 2014

One Week at Home

I was forewarned the first 100 days at home would be spent wondering if I’m human (my paraphrase). I have been sharing with others I feel half human when resting, which is 99.9% of the time. Once I am up … Continue reading

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Home again home again

I came home Sunday. It feels so good to be home. I have rested a lot, slept a lot, and eaten a meal or two. I had an appointment today with my transplant doctor and everything is going well. My … Continue reading

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Going home: day +12

Today is Sunday, November 23, 2014. After spending 20 days in the hospital for a stem cell transplant where I received my own stem cells, I am finally going to go home. It has been a battle that has included … Continue reading

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Day +5

The next few days should prove to be interesting. I was told day +6 through day +12 are some of the hardest due to engraftment. Engraftment is where the stem cells take up residence where they belong (bone marrow) and start populating and regrowing (it has been dead now for a few days). Continue reading

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Weak and Transfused

Today is day +2. I found myself able to move to the restroom, then to the couch. That was about it. No more strength. Profoundly weak and short of breath. My hemoglobin was 7.8, neutrophils are gone completely, white blood cell count was something like 0.1, platelets were around 50 or above. Continue reading

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My New Birthday: Day Zero

I am told there will be 7 bags of approximately 50 mls of stem cells. The color will be red, but that is from pieces of red blood cells. They will arrive in a freezer, packed in DMSO (preservative), and extremely frozen (their words).
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Day -1 (so far)

Tomorrow will be day zero, stem cell infusion. Yesterday completed my chemo. Day -1 is a designated “rest day.” What have I done so far with my day? Woke up with a headache. Took Tylenol. Ate breakfast. Took a shower. … Continue reading

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