HAIR TODAY–GONE TOMORROW

Felt fairly good yesterday however today was quite interesting. Couldn’t understand this morning why my wife would trim her hair in the bathroom sink and leave it unattened. Then I figured out—IT WAS MY HAIR! Another unknown chemo secret. After testing out the hair from other parts of my body, I found out the problem …

GREAT NEWS—Neups have been nixed!

Stem cell collection is a success and I now have enough cells to do a transplant. No more neupogen shots! Due to the number of people excited about getting stem cell transplants these days, I won’t get a bed today but should have one by Monday or Tuesday. Platelets still low today with enough concern …

BACK TO STEM CELL COLLECTION

Writing for Gary again. Back to stem cell collection today and hopefully his last day for collection. We talked to the BMT unit yesterday and they are checking to see if they will have a bed for tomorrow (Thursday). They collected 3.2 million cells on Monday, 2.9 million cells on Tuesday and we’ve yet to …

GO!

I’m writing Gary’s post today. He says: “It’s now 1:40 and the maytag washing machine has been running for around 3 hours extracting stem cells. Have about one more hour to go. Body may need to be laundered another 2 days to get the 5 million cells they are looking for. White count back up …

BACK TO CHAPEL HILL

Well back to UNC-CH on Thursday with very low white blood count–.6 and low platlets. Checked into the Homewood Suites with difficulty as the first room they put us in had mold/mildrew in the bathroom. I am currently wearing my Green Hornet Mask because I basically don’t have an immune system and mold is a …

GETTING SET

/a>Tried out my brand new double lumen port (sounds fancy doesn’t it) with a great chemo cocktail today. Went down pretty good today. All is going well–one more chemo cocktail tomorrow and then I’m home for about a week. The staff at CH is wonderful and met some great fellow stem cellers today….Gary

GET SET

Well I’m up at Chapel Hill (CH) today and ready to go get my port “installed”! This isn’t the 20 year reserved port, it’s a device inserted in my chest to ease the influx of chemo cocktails. The hardest thing about today is I haven’t been able to eat till after installation—long time without food. …

ON YOUR MARK……

Finished passing all my tests and got the go ahead to start the sct on may 23rd. Got a new macbook so making the shift between windows and apple—i really like the apple…..Gary

I’m off to see the Wizard

After many long nights of studying, I passed the bone marrow biopsy test! This week I go to complete the blood, respiratory, etc. tests and then in May I will begin The Process, if all goes well. Thanks to all who have left comments. The UNC-CH staff was wonderful but the whole medical explanation and …

My adventure continues…..

I’ve been diagnosed with MM since September 2006. You can read the early stuff in ABOUT and see that it all started a few years ago. I am going to UNC-CH on April 17th for my first consultation for a stem cell transplant. I’m 57 years old and fairly new to blog technology. So bare …