Still on Track
I had visits with Dr. Nelson on 12/28 and 1/11. The days in between appointments were a little dicey, but the appointments themselves went fine. After my 12/28 appointment, I started having stomach issues. I threw up for 3 days straight and had corresponding issues on the southern end. I had to change my diet to really basic things like cheerios, apple sauce, potatoes, etc. The bland diet helped and I only threw up one more time. Dr. Nelson thinks it could have been a continuation of the virus I had or some GVH that improved because we increased my dose of both immuno-suppressants.
BMA, I’m on my Way!
As part of this process, I get a bone marrow aspiration near day 100. My aspiration is scheduled for 2/1. The purpose is 2 fold. First, to make sure I don’t have any signs of Leukemia and 2nd to see how well my donor cells have grafted. Ideally we’d see that the blood cells are 100% from the donor, although sometimes that doesn’t happen until later. It will also be interesting to see if my blood type has flipped to A-. That is something that happens over time and I haven’t had any blood typing recently.
I don’t have to see Dr. Nelson again until the BMA. I’ll go in for blood draws the next 2 weeks, but won’t actually meet with him. He said I continue to do well and am in the top tier of recovery. He also said don’t get to anxious to be ahead of where I’m at. Just let my body heal as it needs to. I’ll admit that is hard some days. Some days I feel well enough to jump back into “normal” life. Then I throw up for 3 days and realize maybe not quite yet…
And the Powerball Numbers are:
Nothing too exciting to report. My labs continue to fluctuate, which is what they are supposed to be doing.
1/11/15: WBC 2.9, Hemoglobin 12.3, Platelets 116
The Tacro Tremor
I have developed an annoying side effect. Tremors is one issue that can be experienced when taking Tacrolimus. My tremors seem to act up at inopportune times. Forget about texting or something that requires fine motor skills. Heck, even forking my dinner into my mouth is a little tricky. One day we’ll reduce the tacro and one day the tremors will subside, but until then if you get any weird messages from me, just chalk it up to the tremors.
A Duck Dynasty Prayer
God, today I am reminded that not everyone beats cancer. Even with the backing of prayer and all the doctors and nurses you need, not everyone is cured. I thank you for the 3+ years of life I’ve had since my original diagnosis. I pray that you be with those recovering along side me. I also pray that you be with the families of those who have passed on. Especially tonight the family of Andrew Smith. Thank you got for the will to fight. Thank you for the hope you provide. Thank you for the assurance of eternal life. Thank you for another day.