The weather is cooling down and the leaves are falling as I am now more than one year past my transplant. A year ago this time I was bald, the flowers were dying, and I was beginning several months of rehab at home. It all seems like a blur now…
October 21 was my latest doctor visit and it was all good news. First, my biopsy results were normal and I am completely “donor cells”, which means there is no sign of my former blood cancer cells (thanks, brother Bernie!). I will not have another biopsy for a least a year, maybe never again if blood counts don’t warrant one. Second, I was able to get a flu shot for the first time in two years and I am set to get the rest of my immunizations. There is a little delay because the government has come up with a new immunization protocol for post-transplant patients and the doctor is still reviewing it. We are looking to get that all ironed out within next month or two. Finally, with the good liver lab results and my blood sugar under control, the doctor adjusted my medication to reduce the dosage of some of the liver specific drugs I have been taking. I stopped taking nightly insulin and if my blood sugar remains steady next few weeks, they are thinking of putting me on an oral diabetic pill and stopping daily insulin too. The doctor still thinks I will be completely off any diabetic medication once I get off all the liver drugs. Overall, the doctor said he was very pleased with my progress.
The only hiccup since last post is that I did get a cold. It was what I would consider a “normal” cold for me – except I had the worst sore throat I have ever had in my life! I could barely swallow for a couple of days. Luckily, I only had a very slight fever at start that went away after first day. As a precaution, the doctor did put me on a 5 day antibiotic regimen. But the whole experience does remind me that any “little” thing can turn into a big problem very quickly and re-emphasizes the importance of keeping things clean and avoiding situations where there are a lot of sick people coughing and sneezing.
I usually stick to health items in the blog but I have to say that my baseball Cardinals are in the middle of their quest for 11th World Series title. Hopefully next month I can post about watching the Cardinals World Series parade 🙂