What an awful night. The bladder urgency was like a rocket ship launching me out of bed. I had seconds to make it to the commode beside me. Then I’d crash back to bed, but not before switching out my drenched PJ’s from the intense night sweats. I’m developing a routine of where to hang them, so they are dry for the next round of up/pee/switch/meds/crash. Somehow I did get sleep in between all this and felt immensely better when I came out for breakfast. Once again, grateful for no nausea.
Breakfast of champions courtesy of Fernie: lemon water, coffee with keto coconut cream, mushroom omelette and a huge veg/fruit smoothie with ginger. OK, I am coming back to life.
Ciproflaxin 500mg (anti-biotic) x 2/day
Acyclovir 400mg (anti-viral)
Itraconazole 100mg (anti-fungal)
Fenazopiridina 40mg x 3/day
My stem cell transplant was set for 2pm today. It’s a very easy infusion as there’s no need for medications to suppress the body’s reaction to them (as they are you OWN). It takes about 1/2 an hour. Then the PICC line is pulled out (that was cool). I didn’t realize that they’d stitched it on to me. Interesting. See pics and video below.
The transplant is considered your birthday and everyone wishes you happy birthday. It’s quite endearing. It’s your new lease on life.
My second birthday is February 17th, 2022.
This is also considered Day 0 in your treatment. From here on it is +1, +2, etc., post transplant.
Dr. Gomez (owner/partner in the business since pre-2000) came in a few times to chat with me, as did other staff. When I came out Raul (our very special driver) had found a speciality chocolate keto cake for me to take home to celebrate. It looked beyond delicious. And it was just that, gosh, everything and more!
So now I am in limbo, waiting for the chemo to work it’s way through my body, take affect (aka ablate all my white blood cells again and yes, unfortunately other cells too). I do not feel well, but the ‘high’ from the cake is really helping me ride the day out with smiles.
This next period (7-10 days) is actually the most vulnerable portion of the treatment. Isolation, hyper vigilance on cleanliness and rest (OK, so can you find me a lounger for some sun tanning?!). Lots of things can go sideways or maybe they don’t. I am not going to get into the ‘what if’s’ as I’d rather wait to see what happens by monitoring clinical symptoms along with the regular blood tests, and doctor visits.
Although on that note, my internal bleeding has not stopped from the severity of the diarrhea last night, and we really need that to heal up ASAP. My platelets have been well below the low level of norm and obviously I’m not clotting properly. Plus, my abdomen is distended like I’m pregnant (like what is still in there yet to come out?) and all body parts are super bloated. I look so stylish – NOT!
The day after tomorrow I will begin to receive those oh-so-pleasant Filgrastim shots to continue pushing as many stem cells as possible out of my bone marrow, to further speed my recovery. Then one final dose of a mild chemo before departure when I am at a safe baseline.
Time to de-tune, stretch and perhaps watch a TV show. I go to bed soon after, but don’t feel well. At. All.
Processing size of line that was inside me (super cool)
Keto chocolate almond cake (JBug’s dream)