Still not much to report. I'm still feeling good except I'm getting low grade fevers in the evenings. The doctors don't seem worried about it and have just told me to take tylenol to bring my temperature down. I'm still worried about them a little but Michael reminds me that I do not have a medical degree and therefore I need to listen to the doctors and not worry about it. Since there's not much to update you on I thought I would explain the transplant process in a little more detail.
I will probably be in the hospital 5-6 weeks. There will be one week of chemo/radiation to kill off my bone marrow then the transplant. The transplant just consists of them giving me the donor's bone marrow stem cells through a normal IV. Then the recovery period is about 30 days in the hospital (plus lots of time out of the hospital). During this time there is a risk of infection because my white blood cell count (the infection fighting cells) will be low from the chemo plus they will be giving me drugs to suppress my immune system so my body doesn't reject the donor's cells. The other risk during this time (and for a while after the transplant) is graft versus host disease (GvHD) which is basically the donor's cell fighting my body. The process of the donor's cells finding their way into my bones (called engraftment) will make me pretty sick (nausea/vomiting, mouth soars - a lot of the same side effects as chemo). After this is will take a long time (a year or more) for my immune system to build back up and for my energy level to be back to normal but I have lots of people to take care of me and help me during this time. So that is what I have coming up. It's a little daunting as it gets closer but at the same time I'm excited that this is the last big hurdle I have to get over. I hope this explanation makes sense and isn't too much medical info I just thought some of you guys might be interested.
Hope you all have a good Memorial Day!