Andrea’s Story

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Journal entry by Andrea loft

So I am now now day 12 post stem cell transplant. I finished 4 outpatient days of chemo, 5 days inpatient chemo and then my new cells on August 24th.  I felt well after my new cell infusion and was allowed to return to the apartment with my caregiver for the week, my girlfriend Stephanie. Big mistake lol, thank god for Stephanie. I should have stayed an extra day or so . I had never felt so weak in my life and I developed a viscious case of diarrhea (tmi) that later a week as was horrible,horrible. Getting into all the details of chemo etc would be different for everyone as would the follow up treatments of massive infusions of iv fluids , antibiotics, blood transfusions and platelet transfusion. None of it pleasant , especially gaining 12 pounds in fluid, which is gone but makes moving difficult- but that’s done and with the exception of having to be admitted for five days because of  developing a fever- I’m on track. My WBC’s, neutrophils are actually showing and developing with my new immune system, at fuzzy hair I had is gone again lol but will now grow back permanently. The doctors say that patients will have fatigue commonly for months and let me tell you, it’s fatigue! BUT ! I have no pain, the worst part is over, Wayne has been with me as much as possible and I have other family filling in, my kids are good at home and things will only improve from here! 
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