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. 


Summerbead said...

Hi! I just found your blog and wanted to tell you... to Fight! Fight your damn cancer with all you've got.
There are many of us ~ who understand what you face.
I now tell people: "I'm not living with cancer ~ cancer is living with me!"

Kay said...

I check in on you every so often and wonder how you are. I'm rooting for you so update when you feel up to it. I'm not good about updating my blog either, it takes a lot of energy surprisingly, lol.

Hope you are doing well, wishing you joy, strength, and courage for the journey. Blessings my friend!