Well, after a multitude of medical tests, I can finally say we have a date. I will be admitted to the University of Maryland on December 14th. This will be my new home for the next 37 days or so. If I wasn't totally loopy going in....I guarantee I will be by the time I get out, lol. I will start a regimen of Chemotherapy for six days straight and whooo hoooooo on the 7th day I get to rest. It is somewhere around this time that I will find myself with a new hairdo....NONE. Definitely not looking forward to this. In the real world I can tell ya I am actually really freaked out by that but I guess its a minor price to pay for your life. After my rest day, it will be December 21st....the BIG day, transplant day. The worst for me is realizing I will be spending Christmas in the hospital and having to subject my family to Christmas in a hospital. And the next worst part is I have five grandchildren , two of which are very young and live in Tennessee. It's impossible to get down there to see them prior to my admission and after I am released, I can't be around them til I am re-vaccinated which is a bit over a year after the transplant. We all know how fast children grow and how much they change and it breaks my heart to know I can't be a part of that. I guess I will be using Skype a lot. Not that it will help a great deal. I know I have a very long arduous road ahead of me and I have to be stronger than ever before to get through this. Many blood transfusions in my near future amongst many other things. I would only be fooling myself if I said I wasn't scared to death. But I have lately been thinking of it like this.....I , like many others in this situation and worse, have been given this task , for reasons none of us know, so given this task....do I admit defeat or do I stand up and fight like hell allowing this to give hope to many others. I think it's my responsibility to fight for the latter. I probably won't get a chance to update again until after my admission. I hope every has a safe and very blessed Merry Christmas!
Nov 08, 2016
Thursday Nov. 10th, busy day at the hospital. Starts off with 12pm Bone marrow biopsy, 1pm blood draw and 24 hour urine sample. 2pm EKG...., 2:40PM, CT Scan...chest, sinus, abdoman, pelvis with and without contrast and 4pm Echocardiogram. And unfortunately have to rush from hospital to get to Funeral Parlor for my very special Aunt who just passed away.