Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Not much new since last time

So, not much has happened since I was discharged this last time from the hospital.  Just kinda getting myself ready for the next month or so.  The stem cell transplant process begins in a few weeks, beginning with collecting the stem cells.  The doctors will basically give me a medicine that makes the stem cells from my bone marrow move out into the blood stream, where they collect the cells during a type of blood transfusion process.  So, they take those stem cells, and freeze them until they're ready to be used.  From here, I'll start taking an oral chemotherapy, a pill basically, for almost a week.  I guess it's pretty bad stuff, because I have to take an anti-seizure medicine along with it.  So, barring any complications with that, I'll have a few days off, then start another round of regular chemo.  Same thing as I was taking before, but a higher dose.  All of this is to basically kill off the bone marrow.   Okay, so at this point, the marrow is gone.  About a day after the chemo treatment, they will give me back the stem cells.  Somehow, these stem cells know they need to go to the bone marrow and start rebuilding it.  Hopefully it won't take too long for them to do their thing.  So, during this whole time, I'm not allowed to go anywhere, except for the hospital, for about two months.  I can have a few people come over at a time, but I can't be in any big crowds, because my immune system will be trashed.  During this whole time, I have to have a "caretaker" with me the whole time.  So, my mom is coming down to stay with me, for as long as it takes for me to get better.   
 
Well, that's the next few months of my life in a nut shell.  I'm getting pretty anxious about all of this.  Not really looking forward to all of this, but hopefully it won't be too bad.  Also, I'm going to be out of work during all of this.  But the great thing is, I'll still be getting paid.  I'll basically be on leave, using all of my sick and vacation leave.  Well, obviously I don't have enough time to cover all of the time.  So, they have this program with the D.O.D. civilians, where others can donate their vacation time to someone who may need it.  They did this for me, and people have already donated way more time than I would probably need.  Which is a great feeling.  I'm so glad that 1. they're is a program to help others out, and 2. that they're are plenty of people that really care enough to do donate their vacation time.  So, I won't miss a paycheck or anything like that.  It will just be hard for me not going to work, having to stay at home pretty much all the time.  O'well, I'll make it. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Back in the Hospital

Well, I thought things were going good. I finished up chemo last week and finished moving in to my new apartment this weekend. But this past Saturday, I began noticing an itchy bump on my leg starting to form. By Monday, it had swollen up pretty good and started ozzing stuff. So, I figured I would go to the emergency room, maybe get some antibiotics and call it good. Figured it was a spider bite or something like that. Well, after I got to the emergency room, they saw that my blood counts were very low (because of chemo-therapy), and that I had a high temperature again. And the place on my leg, I just found out may be a staff (spelling?) infection. So, I'll be here in the hospital again for a few days. Luckily I thought ahead of time and packed a bag. Seems like every time I'm not even feeling good, it ends up in a hospital stay. Hopefully this little trend stops soon. This is getting old. The thing I don't get is that I feel fine. The place on my leg is sore, but other than that, I feel fine. O'well, I'll survive. I just want to hurry up and start getting well again. So, here I am again. I should get discharged by Friday afternoon, hopefully. If I find anything new out, I'll post another update.