I started chemo yesterday afternoon. The drugs run rather quickly, so it's not the continuous or hours long infusions I have come to know. That aspect is kind of nice. I'm also still on two different IV antibiotics for my central line and hoping it won't need to be pulled.
I haven't slept well the past two nights, and as a result I can barely keep my eyes open today. I've had a few good naps already. I'm taking dilautid still for the pain in my line and back (from the biopsy) and that tends to make me sleepy as well. I started feeling some nausea last night after finishing chemo but so far it has been manageable and I've been able to keep meals down.
Brandon stayed with me through yesterday afternoon, but he will need to work the next several days. I am hoping he can bring Gary up one evening soon so I can visit with him. He is allowed to visit as long as he passes the health exam at the door. Thankfully he just finished cutting a few teeth last week, so his typical symptoms from that have disappeared and Lord willing, he'll stay healthy. As my counts fall over the next days I will basically be isolated, except for brief visits from family.
For now things are really going as well as can be expected. I am somewhat nervous about the final chemo drug, mylotarg, as it can cause significant liver damage, especially when used with younger post-transplant patients. The doctors have made a good case for using it, though, and say it has the best chance of getting me into remission. If I can reach remission, we will do a second transplant with another sibling donor. That is the what I'm racing for -- the ultimate goal and the only chance of a "cure."
Happy Birthday to my dad today.