Monthly Archives: September 2017

2017-09-30 Recovery Day 208

Today’s posting will be very short since it was a busy day. The good news I am back home, proof that the transplant was successful, at least by the numbers. The final result will not be known for three months when a bone marrow test is due.

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2017-09-29 Recovery Day 207

Today was another good day, including the night with its back pain that required medication every 3 hours. My CDC numbers stayed in range supporting the planned the discharge for Saturday. As to the back pain, the good news, as confirmed by yesterday’s X-Rays, no damage to the work done by the surgery. The bad news, the T12 was compressed a bit more causing the pain. I am sure that the surgeon will address that when I see him on the 13th October.

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2017-09-28 Recovery Day 206

Today was a good day. The night was OK, except for my back pain that required medication every 3 hours to stay in check. My CDC numbers were great support a discharge by the weekend.
As to the back pain, before being admitted it was under control. During the day there was no need for medication and during the night, if there was any pain, it was very low which was eliminate during the sleep. This did not happen at the hospital. The pain slowly increased. The last 3 days got so bad that I needed medication all around the clock.

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2017-09-25/27 Recovery Day 203/205

I am apologize for the second time for letting you know what happen the last two days. Last lime it was a week before. It started on Monday, I was again in super pain and discomfort that writing a blog Posting was out of the question. I am told this pain and discomfort is part of the treatment plan, during the last 6 days my lap result numbers dropped so low that many things can/will happen. Since this is expected, depending on the numbers and the relation to other variables, adjustments are made in the medication to achieve the overall goal. One point to remember is that every case is as different as its patient, and there for the treatment plan.

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2017-09-24 Recovery Day 202

As Dianne says lately, he (I) has one good day, followed by a bad day. Today was another bad day. It started late last night when my mouths started to hurt. Lucky for me no mouths sores, however the pain and discomfort kept me from a good sleep. I got some Magic Mouth Wash which tastes awful but did bring down the pain level, not the discomfort. Waking up this morning my mouth and stomach were just in an awful stage. I felt so bad that I only eat a quarter of my breakfast.

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2017-09-23 Recovery Day 201

Today was a good day almost a repeat of yesterday. Sleeping is not a problem, no appetite issues and my stomach issues are slowly going away, no real pains or cramps, just discomfort. The CBC data was almost identical to yesterday’s, except for the platelets that were still not above 10, so I got another platelets transfusion this morning.

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2017-09-22 Recovery Day 200

I had no problems sleeping last night, I even slept in this morning. However, I was not myself, no energy. Instead my stomach pains and cramps were back. I was not having a good morning. The CBC data came in around 6:30 and as expected last night my platelets were super low at 6.0, all that was left was waiting for the platelets transfusion sometime this morning. As it turns out, the transfusion was given after breakfast and lasted less then 30 minutes.

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2017-09-21 Recovery Day 199

I ended my posting yesterday with:

The big test will be tonight. That’s it for today.

The answer, I had a good night. For starters I was able to fall a sleep after taking my last scheduled medication Ativan to address my nausea and vomiting. It also helps with trouble to go sleeping. I took the medication at 8:30 PM and had no problem sleeping 30 minutes later. I woke up around midnight, but was back to sleep a few minutes later. This repeated itself every hour or two. All I remember is that I was awake for a minute or two, looking at the clock before doing the same again an hour or two later. As to having stomach cramps or the urge to vomiting, no such urges. For now, after one day, it seems that the change in medication worked. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

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2017-09-18/20 Recovery Day 196/198

I apologize for not letting you know what happen the last two days. I found out that a number of you got very worried not finding a blog entry for the last two days, not counting today. Believe me I would have put up a blog entry, if I was able. However, I hit my rock bottom low the last 2 1/2 days. It is part of the treatment plan, during the last 3 days my lap result numbers dropped so low that many things can/will happen. Since this is expected, depending on the numbers and the relation to other variables, adjustments are made in the medication to achieve the overall goal. One point to remember is that every case is as different as its patient, and there for the treatment plan.

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2017-09-17 Recovery Day 195

Today started of very bad, around 2:00 AM I woke up with a serve dry-heaving attack. For those not familiar with that term:

Nausea is an unpleasant, queasy feeling in the throat or stomach that may result in vomiting. … Vomiting can only come from the stomach. Retching is the reverse movement (peristalsis) of the stomach and esophagus without vomiting. Sometimes this is called the dry heaves.

We got it under control quickly with Zofran via IV, however, 2 hours later I had a second attack, this time Ativan was used to control it. I was able to catch some rest and woke up around 7:00 AM.

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