Day +52

November 22, 2021 0 Comments

Two days ago marked the halfway point to Day +100.  At Day +100 they’ll do another bone marrow biopsy to determine how well things are progressing.  While I’ve had a few tests done in the meantime and things look promising, nothing is definitive yet.  I’ve been disappointed often enough and have seen things go sideways …

#17 One Day at a Time

November 11, 2021 0 Comments

During one of my hospital stays, I was getting ready for bed.  I had flossed and brushed my teeth.  I had moisturized my nose (I was having frequent nose bleeds if I wasn’t constantly taking care of it).  As I laid down, I noticed what felt like a knot in my back.  If you’ve ever …

Strength is a cure

November 11, 2021 0 Comments

I had this strange idea.  I’ve been doing strength training for over 25 years.  Picking up something heavy isn’t something I just give up because my situation has changed.  What it does though is give me an edge in working through my current diagnosis and it’s subsequent ordeal.  I might not be deadlifting 600lbs right …

9/23 (Day -7) and 9/24 (Day -6)

September 29, 2021 0 Comments

These first 2 days are chemo days. My chemo conditioning consists of busulfan. Evidently it’s pretty harsh. Everything starts bright and early at 8am. Where they started chemo. It takes about 3 hours so I’m hooked up from 8am until 11am. Thankfully no more IV after that but that’ll change around Day -3 when I …

9/22 Admission Day

September 29, 2021 0 Comments

I woke up like I had every day this morning, just trying Amy get the girls off to school with as little trouble as possible. They were coming home at noon to see me off and so that Amy could take me to the hospital make sure I had everything needed. Like the day before, …


September 29, 2021 0 Comments

9/22/21 The only thing I had this day was a Covid test and a follow up with the dental surgery team. I’d had a ulcer in my mouth that they were keeping a watch one. But as we got closer to the my admission date it thankfully had gone away. With dental surgery being the …

Lab work and blood

September 29, 2021 0 Comments

I thought I was just going in to have a quick chat with Laura, the nurse practitioner for Dr Baratam, but turns out I needed a blood transfusion too. So what was supposed to be a quick morning, turned in to a half a day event. Blood work at 7am. Visit with Laura at 8am. …

Almost there

September 29, 2021 0 Comments

After the results came back from my bone marrow biopsy, the doctors were ready to get me admitted. Just had to jump through a few more hoops. September 20, 20121 I had 4 appt. across 3 different buildings. It was quite the morning. First at 7am was my pulmonary function test. One of the chemos …

Remainder of my Hospital Stay

September 8, 2021 0 Comments

It was relatively short lived and uneventful. I didn’t have any nose bleeds. They never found out what caused the fever and it was more than likely a result of just low neutropenic counts. The most difficult thing I had going on was that my throat was very sore and borderline painful. I had some …

3rd Hospital Stay, Day 1

August 23, 2021 0 Comments

What started out as a pretty good morning quickly ended up getting the better of me.