I can say this has been a whirlwind experience. One day my numbers are up, and the next day my numbers are down. A few things I have learned since I had my stem cell transplant is, your numbers control everything. If they are not good you cannot do home. I feel great! I’m walking four times a day, I have no side effect from the chemo or total body irradiation. My tiredness and weakness is finally gone.
However, I cannot go home due to my neutrophil count being low, (.3) today. These numbers play a major role in me being able to fight off infection. Before I received my brothers stem cells they had to get wipeout my immune system in order to receive the donor cells.
Now that I have the donor cell, they have to connect with my bone marrow and grow to be able to fight infection. They are not right now and so I’m here in the hospital for almost four weeks just waiting.
This is the best for me, considering I cannot fight off any infection like a normal person with a healthy immune system could.
I’m grateful they are taking such great care of me. Although I would like to be home, this is the best place for me now.
I see everything as a lesson. This lesson is teaching me patience.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV
Love Antoinette ❤️