Month: August 2007

The bone pain

I’m not going to lie. the Neupogen shots can cause bone pain. It’s not pleasant. I have percocet to take, and have had a few today. This bone pain isn’t like anything I’ve felt before, except when I had those 10 days of Neupogen shots before. It’s the result of the crowding of the bone marrow. One nurse told me that this is the kind of pain experienced by some leukiemia patients when their white cells are proliferating out of control.


The apheresis process causes a reduction in platelets, so I’m going to get some before I’m sent home for the day. I’ve never had any blood products before. I just received 2 Tyelnol caplets and one Benedryl caplet. The platelets will be here in about 10 minutes. I’ll take a picture so you can see what they look like.

Day three of apheresis

This will be my last day of apheresis. We’ll end up with just enough stem cells for one transplant, instead of two, which is what we were shooting for. I will have spent 18 hours in the chair and some more hours waiting for lab results.

One thing I noticed yesterday was that the check in procedure is slow. That’s not so bad for people like me, but what about the people who are trying to recover from transplants? Making them wait any amount of time seems inhumane.

This stem cell collection process really makes me tired! I could nap right now.

We shot some video of dressing changes to help me remember all the steps. I can put them on the web if anyone’s interested in seeing them.

Yesterday was my birthday, so I came home to a clean house, and had cake & everything! My sister even brought dinner, part of which I ate. It was good!

More soon.

Day two of apheresis

When I got to Duke this morning, I was attached to the machine for a second day in a row. Another 6 hours. Boy, is that boring! By the end of the day, I still didn’t have enough stem cells, so I’m going again tomorrow. I hope that will be the last day. I’m tired, so I’ll continue tomorrow.


I’m here at Duke, waiting to see if I’m ready to start apheresis today. I had my blood drawn at about 7:30. At 9:30, they’ll have some counts back. If they’re high enough, I can start. If not, I go back home and come back tomorrow. I don’t have as much bone pain this time as I did last year, but I don’t know how important that is. The nurses said, the more miserable I am, the better. Last year I had 10 days of neupogen shots. This time, I’ve had 5 days of leukine and 2 of neupogen. One of them was just at 5 AM, so it may not count.


Crazy hot

It's TOO hot here

It’s been inexcusably hot here lately. This picture is from yesterday afternoon. Today is supposed to be better, although the forecast still indicated a high of 101 F. I don’t know if it will get that hot though, because it’s only 88 F at 1:00 PM. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 90s after this, for the next several days. We need rain!

This post has a picture I took of the outside temperature indicator in my car on Tuesday.

Bone marrow plasma cells

Martha let me know that there were only 5% plasma cells in my bone marrow, according to the report generated from the bone marrow aspiration done on Monday. That’s the lowest I’ve had since dx. It was 60% then, and was 6% in May when I was at the Mayo Clinic. Before that, the lowest it had been was 20% about 2 years ago.