So it’s been 2 weeks since the transplant, and I have to admit, I am a little embarrassed by how well I am doing, kind’ve like not talking about a no-hitter. But so far I have had no severe side effects from the chemo or transplant. So I thank God for this, and I keep going.
Today, my ANC level was above 1,500, meaning that the transplanted marrow has begun engrafting. My platelet level stayed the same, too, and since platelets are forever dying and being replaced (and mine have consistently been dropping, so that I required transfusions), this means my new marrow is making platelets.
About the only bad reaction I have had so far is that all my food has a really bad, sour acid taste. This leads me not to have much of an appetite, and I pretty much eat until I’m not hungry, then stop. The good news is that my doctor thinks this should only last a couple more weeks at most.
When do to the clinic every day, I hear about other patients who are having serious side effects, and some of them lead to hospitalization. In fact my doctor told me that he was somewhat surprised that I hadn’t been hospitalized, since most of his patients do.
Well, I guess I’m going to be That Guy. We’ll see.