Well it has been five months since I got my stem cells back. There are some bad and good things that have/are happening during this process.
I will start with some of the bad things. The first is that I have a little rash on my forearms so I was a little concerned that it could be shingles because some people get it after HSCT. My rash does not itch and there isn’t any pain. I went to the doctor and they confirmed that it isn’t shingles and it could be that my immune system is still a little out of whack. She gave me a lotion to put on it and it is almost gone in like 2 days.
Another annoying thing is with my legs. I still have good and bad days. The past few days my legs have been tired, but it could be that I feel like I’m coming down with a cold. I still went to the gym earlier in the week and worked out.
Which leads me into a good thing that recently happened. Like I said, I have bad AND good days. I was in Las Vegas last week and I walked a lot. Generally speaking I didn’t have problems when I was there. I did get tired, but I’d just rest for a little bit then I was on my way. Here’s the best thing though. Usually when I travel I get a wheelchair to take me to the gate and when I land one is waiting to take me to the baggage claim. When I landed in Honolulu I walked from my gate to the baggage claim by myself. I did use my cane, but did not need a chair. This is a big step (lol I said step) for me because I have not did that in years.
The next thing is my hair is still growing in pretty good. It’s still a little curly though. Hopefully that will only last for a few more months.
I wanted to let everyone know that things are still going pretty good. If anything drastic happens I will let everyone know right away. At the latest I will give another update at the 6 month mark. I’m pretty excited to see where I’ll be at that time. I appreciate the words of encouragement and the concern people still have for me. Mahalo!