Tuesday, August 28, 2007

day +7

I'm composing this as I watch the Yankees-Red Sox game tonight.

Both my WBC and HGB rose by 1/10 to 0.3 and 12.2 respectively. My platelets went up only slightly to 22.

Today makes two weeks since my admittance. I hadn't made a bowel movement in about three days before today, so it was a positive sign when I did especially since it wasn't diarrhea. Dr. Koehne says everything continues to look good and is on schedule. The increase in my WBC that is expected later this week will be a sign of donor engraftment, but they won't be certain as to how well the cells are engrafting until I undergo the bone marrow aspiration after I'm discharged. According to the Survivors' Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant - NBMT Link, the onset of GVHD is also a sign of engraftment. I spent some time this afternoon reviewing Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplants: A Guide for Patients for information regarding donor engraftment and GVHD too.

I received the first neupogen shot late this afternoon.

My platelets were too low for a massage today, so the therapist did reiki. It was reiki or reflexology. I had a visit by the yoga instructor from Integrative Medicine as well but my dad was here at the time, so I declined. But later on, Robert, a mind body therapist stopped by and we had a fulfilling session of mindful meditation.

I received a touching letter from Brother Gerald Doherty, a member of the Marist Brothers who run the high school from which I graduated, informing me that when school commences next week he'd share my story in the hope that those of age (especially minorities) will register in the NMDP.


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