It’s been 40 days since my bone marrow transplant, and I am feeling as well as can be imagined. About this only strange side effects I am showing is the same two from ten days ago, the acid taste, and the swollen right leg. I’m wearing a compression stocking most days, which helps the swelling, and I am learning which foods make the taste the worst, and avoiding them, while trying to stay with the robust, spicy foods that overpower the taste. Mexican and Thai seem to do the trick.
In addition, on Day +30, my doctors took some extra blood to run a chimerism study, basically DNA testing to see how much of my bone marrow and immune system is still mine, and how much belongs to my donor. The test is named for the Chimera, a creature in Greek mythology, made of lion and snake and goat. In any case, their tests were promising – my lymphatic, or immune system, tested 83% as my donor, while the myeloid system, or my bone marrow, is 100% that of my donor. This is exciting news, and it means my treatment is doing better than expected at this time in my treatment.
So, looking forward, I now focus on the effects of having someone else’s immune system trying to keep my healthy, and do what the doctors tell me, to avoid serious GVHD.
More to come!