Quick refresher, the purpose of the mobilization is to move my stem cells from the bone marrow and into the circulating blood. Cytoxan is the drug of choice for this and, is has the secondary benefit of killing any cancer cells that it encounters along the way. In the dose I received, Cytoxan will cause my blood counts to drop well below the normal range...the technical term is myelosuppression. By the end of next week, my white blood cell count will be low and I will be at risk for infection. Laura, my lovely transplant coordinator, did every thing but put a stamp on my forehead making me swear to get right to the hospital if I begin to feel the least bit feverish. Meanwhile, we will begin following Howard Hughes-style germ phobic behaviors around here. There will be a bottle of Purex at the front door for all visitors. I need to make sure all my foods are properly washed and cooked. And I need to stay out of public places, nursery schools, and Lee Ruttenberg's house.
I intend to post more frequently now that there is more action. I may not get around to emailing when I post like I usually do. So I encourage you to stop back here periodically for updates if you are so inclined. This is one of 3 posts I have done since I last put out an email prompt. Please also note that is is much easier to post replies than it used to be on the old site. Try it!