My birthday is tomorrow -- I'll get my stem cells (some of them) back and we can start to reboot the immune system. I'll let you know how that goes. In the meantime, here are some pictures of recent events.
This is Becky who was my nurse yesterday. The nurses here are great -- caring, warm, and knowledgeable. I don't have pictures of all of them, unfortunately.
This is my "leave the room" outfit. I have to wear the gown, mask, and gloves every time I leave the room, and I cannot leave the unit. The contraption there is my IV pole, the "Patient pal" that I had to push around for two days. They'll put me back on IV for the stem cell infusion tomorrow, but take me off after a little while.
My luxury suite -- part of it: bathroom, window, recliner, I'm sitting ready for the chemo.
One of the strategies to try and reduce mouth and throat sores and pain (which interferes with eating) is to get your mouth really cold to constrict the blood vessels when the melphalan is going in. We don't know yet how well this worked, but I hope it helped! No sores yet, but the effects of the drug are building as cells die off. This was really painful until my mouth got really numb, but yesterday, I shoveled ice into my mouth for about 1.5 hours.
Here is Becky setting me up. This is how the nurses protect themselves when they infuse the chemo. Tells you something about the potency of these drugs, right?
And here is a shot of my little friend -- my marrow killer. I'm glad to see you go! :)