Thursday, July 26, 2007


Monday morning I met Dr. Tomer Levin, a psychiatrist at Sloan-Kettering, experienced with transplant patients. We had a very positive meeting during which he offered to visit me in the hospital.

Following my appointment with Dr. Levin, I went to Sloan where I had an EKG done and then, I saw Dr. Castro-Malaspina and Ally. Ally talked to me further about what to expect during my hospital stay and gave me some literature regarding the transplant and the chemotherapy drugs - Fludarabine, Cytoxan, and Anti-Thymocyte Globulin (ATG) - that will be used. She also flushed my catheter and changed its dressing. Dr. Castro-Malaspina informed me for the first that there was a "question regarding the donor's availability." Despite this new question, he said everything was still go for Friday, the 27th. I should expect a call from Sloan in the next few days regarding whether or not I'd be admitted as planned. He didn't give me any more specific information about the problem with the donor. He was very vague. I'm sure his vagueness was due in part to confidentiality rules concerning the donor but I wonder how much he himself knows truly about the donor's situation, since Sloan receives information concerning the donor via the NMDP. So I left the appointment feeling a certain amount of uncertainty, but I tried not to think about it too much.


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