My First Followup
This is an update about my health, so if that's not your thing, just skip it; otherwise you can click the read more link.
So today was my first followup appointment — they looked at how my immune system/blood is doing and filled in some details of what lies ahead of me.
The good news is my immune system has bounced back quickly, my ANC is now above a normal healthy person so they're not worried about infection anymore. My hemoglobin is still low, but they had already told me that lags behind the others, and it was moving in the right direction. Platelets were good too, so I'm not a bleeding risk.
What lies ahead is this: a bone marrow biopsy about a week from now, and then going back into the hospital for 5-6 days two weeks from now to get another round of “consolidation” chemotherapy. I'll get probably two rounds of that, being able to leave the hospital afterwards, with probably 4-5 weeks between them (maybe less if I recover quickly again). And then after that they'll try a stem cell transplant, which will be another month in the hospital, because apparently my immune system will again be severely depressed, though they didn't really say when all that would happen.
So that is the big picture of all this. They say I'm doing really well but there is still a lot ahead of me.
That's it for now,