Well, I got up this morning and looked in the mirror and half of my left eyebrow is GONE (!) and so I looked a little closer and noticed a lot of eyelashes have also given it up. That was not fun! I was hoping they would hang in there!
Today at my appointment with my team I learned that the biopsy taken during my endoscopy is mild Graft Verses Host Disease (GVHD). The symptoms are nausea and vomiting, which I’ve had a lot of lately. So I am now on the standard therapeutic steroid treatment since I also have the rejection disease on my skin. They are also doubling up my anti-rejection drug dosage. And I will start going to physical therapy at MDA to prevent muscle loss during the steroid treatment. Before I can get started with that, I have to exercise with the rubber band things at home to build my strength up a little bit. Other than that the steroids are making me feel good and my appetite is so much better. Yay! Tomorrow I will have a pulmonary function test to check my lungs. The chemo I was on for the transplant sometimes causes damage to lung tissue. This test is standard for everyone about 2 months out from the transplant. I’m not expecting there to be a problem. They will compare the results with the baseline test I had a week before my hospital admission.
Have a great evening!