Hurry Up and Wait

My plan with this blog is two-fold: to document my battle with leukemia so far (as much for me as for you, dear Reader), and to document my ongoing treatment and recovery. Today I’ll start with the latter.

Yesterday, I made a visit to the clinic, which is short for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Group of Georgia office, in the tower at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs, Georgia. This is where I’ve been coming for follow up after discharge from Northside as an inpatient, on April 19.

I was there to have a bone marrow biopsy, so we can know that my bone marrow transplant that’s planned for June 28 won’t be putting good marrow in with bad. I’m not concerned, as this was the third biopsy I’ve had since finishing chemotherapy, and the other two were negative. But that didn’t make it feel any better.

For those who don’t know, a bone marrow biopsy involves drilling into my hip bone and sucking out marrow. And, while I get some topical anesthetic, it feels like it sounds like it feels. The only thing worse than feeling it would be to have to watch it, which is why my wife Vicki chooses not to.

After the biopsy, my hip and backside hurt all day, but today it’s better.

Most of my clinic visits have been after my chemotherapy treatments, so we were watching the reaction of my bone marrow. This means taking blood samples and running a CBC, or complete blood count. We’re either looking for the counts of red and white blood cells to be going down, after chemo, or coming up, as the marrow recovers.

My marrow has pretty much recovered from the last chemo, and the biopsy results should also show that I remain in remission, or cancer free.

So from there comes another chemotherapy treatment to knock the marrow back again, and when it’s at the bottom, we’ll do the transplant.

So for now, I’m waiting for all that to come.

Up next – how all this has changed my view of God.

Author: Tom Lindsay

Just a regular guy who likes to shoot and cook barbecue. Leukemia survivor. Bourbon drinker. Chemical Engineer.

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