Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

I am now a year and a day old. How freekin lucky am I??? This monday, Halloween (!!!) I go to Richmond for the dreaded Bone Marrow Biopsy, Cat scan and bone density scan. I've also been seeing Marty Albert and Peggy Wright (integrative medicine and nutritionist) for getting me back to my peak version. I have some severe vitamin deficiencies that we are working on. I meet with them both again in a few weeks. I think his follow up care is really essential to putting back all the pieces. I'm at 80% now but I really think 100% is possible. The Richmond docs don't address any of the rebuilding issues- their gift is the transplant part. It's hard to believe so much has happened so quickly. I'm staying warm and enjoying the fall. i hope you are too.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

End of the post transplant drugs!!!!!

Today I took my final anti viral medication [acyclovir]! As of tonight I am only taking pre transplant meds and a boatload of vitamins and herbs. I was afraid I would be on transplant meds for years or forever. It is such a relief! Next saturday is my one year anniversary of the transplant. A year ago I was on day two of the killer chemotherapy drugs to kill my old bone marrow. It seems so unreal and unlikely. We went to Short Pump tonight for dinner and talked about all the people who helped me and stayed with me and took care of me. It's amazing what good, dear friends and family I have. So generous and so kind.
feeling grateful,

Monday, October 10, 2011

The next step!

I went to see my integrative doctor last week and he sent me for a boatload of bloodwork and tests. (Dr. Marty Albert) He's very thorough and is trying to rebuild me with vitamins and herbs. He and his wife, nutritionist Peggy Wright, are very innovative and willing to research and use their professional connections to make me a new plan. I'm down to one medicine (finished on oct 14) and now have a tons of new vitamins and herbs to take. I actually feel more energized.I still need the nap but I feel kind of peppy sometimes. It's been a while since "peppy" was an option. So I'm going with it. I see the Richmond docs on Halloween for a bone marrow biopsy, CT scan and bone density scan. Holiday appropriate, I think. I'm still seeing my awesome acupuncturist every other week and she's working on energy and blood too. Jody Forman, love her! So rebuilding my health is very much in the foreground. I'm still walking the beast everyday too, of course. Love the beast!
Stay well,