My journey has not been as long as we expected. I was back at UCLA for my transplant on June 23rd. That week I had experienced a few pre-treatments, to prepare me for the upcoming work. Then, my first week in I did some more. All of it was designed to get me ready for the transplant.
Then on July 3rd, my scheduled transplant day, the unrelated donor’s donation arrived. They processed it at UCLA, and brought it up to me in my room. For me it was a little anti-climactic. It was basically a blood transfusion. They started it late that evening and it finished in the early morning hours of the 4th. For a bone-marrow donation/stem cell transplant, that made the 4th like a new birthday. In fact, I’ll be free to celebrate July 4th as a new birthday for the rest of my life! This stems from the idea that I have been made new, through the donation. They tell me that I’m like a new born baby. Especially as it pertains to my immune system. At some point, I’ll even get new immunizations.
My recovery has been kinda quick. They told us a while in the hospital, after the transplant. That went quick. One month. Then they said that I’d spend a week or a month released, but at the Tiverton House across the street. Weekly visits to the clinic, until my numbers grew to support my health and comfort. I spent a week there. So now I’m home.
There’s more, but that should sum up where we’re at now. One last thing, I realized that at UCLA visitors were limited by access to me and the distance from home. But now that I’m home, it will be easier for many to come see me. Overall, I’m good with that! Seeing and hearing the encouragement is uplifting and raises my spirits.
However, my personal limits directly effect my growth and health. I won’t be venturing out a lot, with out a little protection like a mask, etc. I won’t be attending church or eating out or going places where my path will cross with large groups.
So if you want to come see me, please above all, I need to know beforehand. No one should show up unannounced. Message or text or email me, with some notice and expect to be grilled a little before I hand over the approval. 🙂