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My Bone Marrow Transplant: Finale, for Now

Where I return to old routines thanks to new medical progress. @connie3077 via Twenty20 Fifteen months ago I sat in my oncologist’s office as he explained to me what myelofibrosis was and the fact that I had it. I could look forward to a shortened lifetime of monitoring and blood transfusions, or consider a bone […]

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Bone Marrow Transplant: From Zero-Day to Happy Day (Today)

The Numbers Continue to Surprise and Pay Off! This BMT recovery thing really is a numbers game. They tell you everything. When I entered the hospital, I received four days of chemotherapy, which put my white blood cell count at around 0.0. “The better to introduce someone else’s bone marrow into your system, my dear.” […]

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Bone Marrow Transplant: Progress

Better Numbers and a “Boost” @faaphoto via Twenty20 The Bone Marrow Transplant recovery process is a game of numbers involving blood’s basic components: White Blood Cells: the core of your immune system Hemoglobin: red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body Platelets: instrumental in blood clotting. At the beginning of my post-hospital recovery, I was getting both […]

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Two Faces Have I (BMT, Drugs, and Despair)

Part 1: Fear Image by Toshiyuki IMAI Creative Commons The follow-up combo of steroids, drugs, anti-anxiety, sleep aids, and the regular medication left me a mess for two weeks. The anaphylactic shock from the transplant seemed to parley tension, fear, pain, sleep aids, and medicines into a cocktail for a mental state not unlike shock. I didn’t […]

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My Bone Marrow Transplant Zero-Day

And a Bad Reaction to Rabbit Blood! Thus came the big day, Day Zero on the transplant calendar. This is your day of rebirth (of your bone marrow and blood system). It should be simple. You get a blood transfusion. That’s all. Donor Blood is Introduced into your System The rest of this recollection is […]

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Chaos, Curiosity, and Caregivers

Things that were a pain, and a look at the role of the “Caregiver” A hospital room is chaotic. There are doctors, nurses, and aids visiting you constantly, and the buzz of activity pretty much prevents you from watching or reading anything that isn’t short and self-contained. I brought along books and plenty of Netflix. […]

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Complications: The Story of My Heart

What I learned about My Heart 50 years after a First Grade Incident Typical Pacemaker My first neighborhood was Washington Heights, New York City, When I was six, I went to school for the first time. Our fathers took turns marching us (John Banks, Tommy Fallon, Joe Hornack, and me) from 179th Street and Wadsworth […]

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