Ok, so today is the day….assuming that there is a bed for me!
It was 2 years ago, yesterday, that I was formally diagnosed with myeloma, and now after a year of being symptom free, and nearly a year of chemotherapy it is time for me to have my Stem Cell Transplant (SCT).
So what will happen to me? Well, it starts off today with me having a high dose of chemotherapy – a drug called mephalan. This only takes an hour or so and is done to remove as many of the remaining cancer cells from my body. Then, tomorrow, they will give me the stem cells back that they collected a week ago. From what I can understand, I will feel ok until around Thursday, when I will start to feel very sick and weak (they will have practically killed me and I will have no immune system). I am likely to feel like this for about 5-6 days (whooppee!!) and at this point, many people just sleep and feel pretty awful. But after this, I should start to pick up – this is because my stem cells will be producing enough white blood cells to give me some immunity 🙂
So basically, we have been advised not to have any visitors except for family. This reduces the chances of me getting an infection which could (and this isn’t me bigging it up!) be fatal. Obviously, once I am home and picking up, it would be lovely to start seeing people so hopefully we can arrange something then. Nick has asked that people go through him if they would like to visit, so perhaps you can call him on 07917 627840.
Some people have asked for the hospital address and that is:
Bud Flannigan Ward, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5PT.
So, at the moment, I am waiting for the phone call. And I am really really nervous. We have been waiting for this for so long and now it is finally a reality. I will be absolutely gutted if they don’t have a bed for me today. Nick and I took the kids out yesterday for a family day out and Rebecca was really sad about me going in. It is the first time she has really shown her emotions about all of this process, and I think it will be really hard for both her and Sam if I am still here tonight! Not to mention how it will affect Nick and I. I don’t think I can bear seeing her cry again about it 😦
Anyway, I will update again once I am in the hospital…..hopefully I will be well enough to write a few updates….and if not, I may ask Nick or my sister to do a ‘guest post’!!!