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Infection alert!

Friday morning, 4 April, saw me not-quite-leaping, more like cautiously rolling my stiff self, out of bed at an early hour to go off to volunteer at a Register & Be A Lifesaver [R&BE] stem cell register recruitment event at … Continue reading

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Vlog #2: Admitted to hospital

I’ve just spent eight days in hospital due to a serious infection via my Hickman line. I’m in the midst of writing about it, but having difficulty concentrating, so it may take some time. In the meantime, here’s a little … Continue reading

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18 month post-transplant review

Today is 18 months to the day after my allogeneic transplant. It’s my 18-month-iversary! I’m alive, pretty well for the most part, looking and feeling good. So today is worthy of a celebration, although it is more of a quiet … Continue reading

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Drama down south

Oh yes, there’s more… but this time, it’s nothing to do with a boil, abscess or wound, you’ll be glad to hear. This one is a cautionary, yet amusing tale… As you’ll know if you’ve followed my blog recently, I … Continue reading

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Boiling down south

Sadly, the title of this post bears no relation to weather conditions up north, down south or otherwise… I’d have to go a lot further south. On Tuesday, I was driving down the M1 while the non-drama of my light … Continue reading

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“Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood.”

– William Shakespeare, King Lear Okay, that’s it for the supremely apt (with the corrupted blood and all) highbrow culture… Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, lowbrow, down-to-earth, graphic bit… I have a boil on my back. Below are … Continue reading

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Keeping my eye on the ball

One of the vulnerabilities for patients after a donor transplant is Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). According to Wiki: “Pneumocystis is commonly found in the lungs of healthy people, but, being a source of opportunistic infection, it can cause a lung infection in people with a weak … Continue reading

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Discharged

After two nights in the Specialist Receiving Unit, and not being transferred to any other ward, neither oncology nor haematology, I was discharged. My whole stay in hospital was happily short-lived and uneventful. When I arrived on Sunday, I expected … Continue reading

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Just when you think it’s safe…

It’s over 7 months since the transplant and I’ve been very lucky… 100% chimerism, undetectable myeloma, very mild GvHD and no serious infections. Until now… For the past three days I’ve had an increasingly painful sore throat, with a phlegmy … Continue reading

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Injections and excursions

Tuesday was the day to get things started… I had to start taking a week’s course of anti-everythings… biotic, fungal and viral. This is all prophylactic, i.e. to protect against any infections, rather than to treat them. Chemotherapy makes the … Continue reading

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