Woo hoo! Today is my six month anniversary since I got my stem cells back. Can you believe it! Time sure does fly.
I knew going in to this procedure that the recovery will take some time and it has. I posted a video today on my facebook page to give everyone a visual on how I am doing.
It’s hard to pick out all the details of what is good and what is bad. I’m very grateful for what I can do now. When I go to work every day I have to walk up 36 stairs (4 flights of 9 stairs). I try to walk at least one of the flights without using the rail or my cane. About a week ago I walked up all 36 stairs without using my cane. I tried to skip last week, but that wasn’t happening. LOL My hair has grown back pretty good and I think the curls are leaving. I no longer look like one of the Brady kids.
There is only a couple things that are irritating me with the recovery. The first is the rash on my fore arms. It doesn’t itch and there isn’t any pain, just looks bad. I have an appt again next week to have it looked at again. I’m not overly concerned right now. The second thing that has been annoying is I have not been to physical therapy in over a month. My insurance has been dragging their feet and it’s delaying me from getting back in there. I’m pretty close to getting it all fixed and should be back in there soon.
Lastly I want to mention some bad news that I got a couple days ago and it’s really been on my mind since then. Two days ago one of the members of our forum on facebook passed away in India while going through a procedure very similar to what I got in Russia. Her name was Gabriella and was bound to beat the MS monster. We’re a very close group of friends on facebook and most of us have never met. We talk with each other about getting treatment and/or our experiences when we went. We are all very concerned about each other and when I heard about Gabriella it was rough. She got an infection when her immune system was very weak and she was not able to recover. When we go to get this treatment we all know that this is the risk we face, but we are dedicated to getting better. I am very sad about what happened to her and I am praying for her husband and family.
That’s it for now. I am doing better and I think once I get back into PT I will be doing even better. I hope you’re all able to see my video and how far I’ve come so far. Thank you all for “Rooting” for me during this time. I hope to give another update in about a month, unless something big comes up.