Ed and I are very relieved that our stem cell transplant experience is almost over and we have only one more hurdle to cross before we go home.
We went to my last appointment at the bone marrow clinic yesterday. Yesterday was also my first day taking no oral medications and my last day on IV fluids. My blood work showed in the normal range for white blood cells, neutrophils, hemoglobin and platelets. YES!
My Doctor has set an appointment to have the central line (a surgically implanted tube they used to administer meds and take blood samples), removed from my chest on Wednesday August 15. After that, we are free to go home!
As for the results of the stem cell transplant – conclusive results on whether I achieved a full or partial response to the treatment will not be known for about a month. My Doctors in Penticton will be monitoring my blood levels on a bi-weekly basis. To the best of my understanding, when the blood has matured to its full capacity, they will run tests to determine the results of the stem cell transplant.
My strength is coming back and although I tire more quickly, I feel almost normal. My stamina is building. We are both eager to get back to our home ‘up the mountain’ outside Penticton.