I got off one drug Monday and two more yesterday. My white counts and platelets are slowly climbing (5.3 and 92), which means my old-new stem cells are engrafted and doing their amazing work. But I got put on the Prednisone for my cough and night sweats, which could indicate a lung problem that sometimes results from BCNU chemo.
Engraftment feels like getting the flu: body aches, weight loss (I’m at 152), low-grade fever, night sweats, but it’s all in a good cause. I keep telling myself feeling bad is part of getting better.
If there are no setbacks, I have my exit interview and get my Hickman Line out next Monday and can go home on Tuesday, with a follow-up appointment on the following Monday. I’ll be on one set of restrictions till the end of July and another till the middle of September. Then it’s just a matter of how quickly I get my energy back.
The transplant has been a success. It remains to be seen if and when the cancer returns, which happens in about 40% of cases. I’m not concerned about that right now; I’m just taking one grace-day at a time. Or what I’m adding to my signature now, “T+16,” i.e. days from transplant.