Yesterday I went to the hospital with my brother. We had another blood check up. Apart from infectious diseases screening, it was also for final check up of our matched blood.
Its been quite miserable day for me since I got another bout of bad flu. I just had it 2 weeks ago and this is the third time I got it for the last 6 weeks. So its like every 2 weeks attack. ( I remembered that I used to be attacked by flu more frequent than usual a few months before I knew I have CML).May be because my white cell count is below the normal level. My doctor told me to withold Glivec until I get better.
The runny nose is like 'free flowing',the bodyache and non stop sneezing was really annoying. I started feeling feverish today and it was good enough that I got a medical leave for 3 days. Never mind, at least I primed my body and mind to the actual transplant process which can be worst than these.
The date for the transplant has been set. I will be admitted on 6th Sept. A special intravenous line will be inserted the day after. Chemotherapy will be commenced on 11th Sept and exactly one week after that (18 Sept) I will receive my brother's marrow. After that is the much awaited time, a time where my body will start to produce own blood cells. Usually it will takes about 2 weeks before I am allowed to be 'freed'. Hopefully it will be before 'Hari Raya".
I was also given a list of other check ups to be attended. Dental clearence, Echocardiography (heart scan) and Lung Function Test. That will make my next couple of week occupied.
Now, I have a lots of dates to remember .It is less than a month to the transplant day. Anyway, I am more ready than before. Previously, those days when Glivec works well on me, I keep telling myself that I will escape from transplant and I will never prepare myself for it. But now, although I am a little anxious, waiting to the transplant day seems too long.
Sigh, today is 29 days to go. tommorrow is 28 days........