Day 1– I had bloodwork and a light dose of chemo today. I have 3 more doses of chemo over the next 3 wks to fend off Graft vs Host Disease. It’s not strong enough to kill cancer it’s just for preventive measures. GVHD is when the cells don’t recognize my body causing them to attack. I’m still feeling ill making it really hard to eat.
I haven’t done much but sleep. My numbers are where they want them so at least that’s a plus.
Day 2 – Today was a little better, I was able to eat three small meals and keep them down. Plus it was a no-chemo day! That makes a huge difference. Today I received my first blood transfusion since being admitted. I’ve had at least 30 since diagnosis which is insane.
I have a lot of angels keeping me alive between all of the blood and my donor. Plus I have two amazing drivers Randy and my dad to get me to and from my appointments. I’m am blessed that’s for sure.
Day 3– Three words, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Daily life for me these days. I’m ok just really tired. I received another bag of chemo after lunch. Well if you call one bite of a PBJ sandwich lunch. Hey, I tried.
Day 4– The doctors are pleased with how things are progressing. I’m at the bottom right now which means my immunity is at zero. There’s only one way to go and that’s up.
My next bag of chemo is Tuesday which will make me feel more tired and nauseated but it’s all part of the process.
Day 5- After my breakfast, shower, and visits from friends, I was worn out.
Showers always wear me out. The heat and movement suck all of the life out of me. I usually need an hour to recoup.
It’s always wonderful to visit with friends but during a pandemic, it’s even more wonderful. It’s difficult to be separated from your friends and family especially when you’re going through something so difficult.
Doctors don’t expect my numbers to start recovering for over a week. Tomorrow I will receive chemo, platelets, and maybe physical therapy.
Day 6-I received another small dose of chemo today. The physical therapy walked with me in the hallway for a few minutes trying to build up my muscles. Overall, it wasn’t a bad day.
Day 7-My donor is a close-match male with A+ blood. My blood type is O+ which means my blood type will change to his. We are a 12/12 match. They hope for a 10/10 match. So we’re even better!
I had a blood transfusion today making today a better day.
I was able to eat 3 meals today without losing them. Things are looking up