The Road Ahead

I came across this video from Myeloma UK. It gives advice about the recovery process from Stem Cell transplant. I found it useful although need for a neutropenic diet is no longer seen as relevant according to the stem cell nurses at Nottingham. https://youtu.be/zIXcGBv7Ryc

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Treatment and After Care

Today I was back in Nottingham for a support meeting ahead of my Stem Cell implantation scheduled for the week of 23rd October. This meeting held at Maggie's Centre on the Hospital Campus was aimed at informing the process to come and consider the after care. Patients and their families were encouraged to come and [...]

Renal etc

Today I had a mammoth trip to Lincoln County Hospital meeting with two consultants as well as having my Hickman Line checked and prescriptions issued. All in all I spent four and a half hours in hospital, but unlike previous visits there was relatively little waiting. The day began at 9:40 when I arrived at [...]

Kidney Conundrum

The ongoing effect of my poor kidney function on my treatment. Yesterday in Nottingham I met with my consultant to consider the final phase of treatment which would again involve a high dose of chemotherapy followed by stem cell implantation. This was scheduled for October but has now been put on hold. Read more by clicking the title.

Line Management

With the stem cell harvesting completed it's now a waiting game. I am due to return to Nottingham for a consultation on 11th Sept. to find out when exactly the final phase of treatment will take place, though tentatively it is to be in October in Nottingham. Neither the fitting of the Hickman Line nor [...]

Harvest

Today is the day when my Stem Cells are to be harvested. I arrive at Nottingham City Hospital at just after 8:30am having dropped off the hire car. As ever there is the ubiquitous blood sample to check my white blood cell (neutrophil) count and then my stem cell count. My wounds are redressed and [...]

In Between Days

Tomorrow I travel to Nottingham for the first part of the second phase of my cancer treatment. It's now over a month since the end and of my chemotherapy, the first phase of my treatment. It's been great to spend much of the last five weeks away from the regular hospital appointments and consultations. The [...]