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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 11 Post Translant Update

So today is day 11.  My white blood counts in my body are beginning to rise.  This means that the cells transplanted have begun to grow and develop in my body.  This is extremely good news.

I am feeling OK aside from not being able to eat solid food.  Other foods just cannot be "processed" by my body.  When I say this, I mean that I cannot swallow the food once I chew it.  It just stays in my throat until I eventually return it to where it came from.  IE the plate.  Until this passes, they are going to continue to "bag feed" me.

I have been sleeping a lot due to the lack of energy.  When you sleep close to 16 of the 24 hours in a day, it gets confusing sometime knowing what time of day it is.   I was off by a whole day the other day.  Looking back, I was impressed at how amazingly calm my nurse was explaining that it was it was Sunday night 4:30PM, not Monday morning 4:30AM.  I was pretty adamant to her that she was wrong.

As a result of the transplant beginning to take, I have developed a rash on parts of my back, legs and arms.  They think it could be GVH.  They are going to monitor it.  If it is GVH, this is the form we want to get.  Treatable and a type that appears quickly.  The treatment for this type of GVH is a pill that has steroids in it.  Will know more by the end of the week.

Crystal is coming down for Thanksgiving with the kids.  I am very excited to see them.  It has been close to 3 weeks since I have seen them.

10 comments:

Mary IronMatron said...

I'm so glad to hear your WBC is rising and the cells are starting to grow in your body. That is great news! Happy Thanksgiving. I'm really happy for you that you finally get to see your kids.. :)
Good luck with the GVH.

Anonymous said...

things are going as planned!! You sounded better on the phone too. This Thanksgiving have sooo much more meaning than ever before. Take nothing for granted and show love to the people in your life!!
Love you little brother. xo

Arlene said...

So glad to see your post - keeping fighting!! Rest & heal - that's your job right now. Will eat a little extra for you @ Thanksgiving!! Love you - Auntie Lene & John

Anonymous said...

Great news on your blood count, hope you have a great visit w/ your family on Turkey day.

Stay strong & Happy healing!

K Luce

Anonymous said...

Excellent news on the wbc! Another thing to be thankful for tomorrow:-) Big hugs to you, Crystal and the kids:-)

Stacey

Mollie said...

So glad to see your post, I've been wondering how you were doing. Glad to hear things are going well and the counts are going up. I'm sure the kids are going to be thrilled to see you~ I'm so glad you are able to be together. xoMollie

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear things are improving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

love you

april

Anonymous said...

So good to hear from you...I hope you have a great time with your visit. Stay strong my friend.

Thinking of you and Crys always!
Nik:)

Sonya said...

I'm thinking, heck, if you can't eat you might as well sleep for 16 hours!! Plus, you gotta rest up for turkey day and an energetic crew coming to visit you! So relieved things are going as expected and I'm sooo excited that you'll be with your family tomorrow....the best medicine!
I'm "thankful" to be friends with the Davis family!
Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Chad-

Happy Thanksgiving my friend! We are all thinking of you every day. Enjoy your day with your beautiful family.
Stay strong brother! See you soon..

Marc