I had my exit interview and Hickman Line out Monday and a few more tests done before I got to come home yesterday. It’s great to be back in the Springs and to sleep in my own bed.
The transplant was a success. My bone marrow was destroyed and my “clean” stem cells engrafted. They are now busy producing white blood cells and platelets but it will be a few months before I start growing red blood cells, hence the fatigue.
I’ve been rebooted; it remains to be seen if there is any cancer left in the system. I get my first scan in three months.
The only lingering cloud is some probable lung damage caused by the BCNU chemo. The treatment is 10 weeks of high-dose steroids (Prednisone) and the potential side effects—insomnia, cataracts, skin cancer—are not really something I want to face but it is what it is.
Thanks to everyone who has prayed, written and followed me along the way. Another mountain has been summitted but life is a serrated range, not a single peak. The best we can do is keep moving, enjoy the scenery, aim for the passes, avoid wildlife that weighs more than us and never travel alone.
The journey is not done and neither am I. Stay tuned for more posts from the perimeter.