September 20, 2006 , Day 41
Well, there is no real plan yet. Now my doctor wants me to get evaluated for whole body radiation. I will be visiting the Radiology/Oncology clinic on Friday for that evaluation. The last time I talked about this to my doctor he didn't want to do radiation. I think I need to do some research on whole body radiation. I don't know if I want to do that. Anyway, the current guess is that we will start the conditioning regime the first week of October. No specifics yet.
Tomorrow, Thursday, I have a dental appointment, which is part of the prep for the transplant. Before the transplant, they want any tooth problems that might pop up in the next year fixed. Tomorrow, I am supposed to leave the dentist with a teeth cleaning, and a certificate from the dentist that I am free of dental problems and good to go for a stem cell transplant. It is always amazing how all of the systems in the body interreact and have to be taken into account before the transplant is done.
I went in to my workplace this afternoon. It is on the second floor. It was a real challenge getting up the stairs! My legs felt very weak. I was breathing hard by the time I got to the top. I cleaned out my desk and visited with coworkers. It sure was good to see them. Getting down the stairs afterward was not quite as bad, but still challenging.
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No labs today.
Blood Cell Type
Until next time!
Menchie and Ted
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