OK yall….it’s a little hard to believe that I only have 3 days to go until transplant! YIPPEE!! Today was a much better day…yesterday was one of those bad ones. I don’t understand why today was better because I actually had my last 2 chemos this morning and then started ATG therapy (Antithymocyte Globulin) at 10:00. With ATG, which comes from a rabbitt, I have steroids and benedryl along with it because it can cause allergic reactions. Today went well….I have walked 2 rounds, ate a sandwich from home, and played rummy with Wade!
Here are some MDA fun facts:
My ATG treatment made my room smell very strong like cookies were baking – to me only!
The lady from the Patient Advocacy Office brought me peppermints to combat the taste of “cream corn” in my mouth while taking ATG (which is what most people taste).
I should NOT turn on the Food Network TV channel, just as I SHOULD channel surf while Emeril is cooking on GMA!
No more perfumes, colognes, scented lotions….toothpaste is getting iffy.
My hair follicles are starting to feel creepy, hair will probably fall out by next week.
Here at MDA I get to order from a menu whenever I want, from 6:30 am until 10:30 pm. Still hospital food, but it’s ok.
TV here at MDA: In addition to the 3 Spanish channels, we have 1 Turkish channel, 2 Arabic channels, 2 Asian channels, 1 chaplaincy channel, 2 relaxation channels, and the remaining are the regular cable lineup.
Wade had to show an ID to get a visitors pass to get into the hospital this morning (weekends only).
The hospital was on emergency power all night long. I stayed plugged into the red plugs behind my bed. Everything worked great! which is encouraging!
Please pray for big, big, blessings for my 19 year old donor who is going through all of his procedures to donate stem cells to me on Tuesday!!