No, that's not a typo, I'm exactly one year and one day behind on Stern. Believe me, I know what day it is... it's 3/23/11 - Orion's first birthday. Happy Birthday, little O-man. Wish I could be with you:
Orion in the lobby at our hotel in Plymouth Meeting, PA (3/20/2011)
Actually, I just changed the audio from Stern to the Phils/Rays pre-season game. I downloaded the MLB At-Bat iPad app (thanks, Loftie - I still got some store credit!) and the video of this game is supposed to be available, but of course, the network here is too slow. I guess I'll be listening to a lot of baseball here. I just don't know what I'm going to do about Flyers playoffs. I don't think there's an audio-only option for NHL is there?
Anyway, this post isn't more bellyachin' about network issues, it's about the schedule of events over the next week or so here at UCSF. Today is day -7, meaning we're 7 days away from the actual stem-cell transplant. The schedule I was given shows from day -8 (admission) to day +11 -- that's roughly 3 weeks. I was told I'd be in here for closer to 4 weeks, so I'm not sure what happens on day +12 onward.
Date Day Treatment Supportive Care
3/22 -8 Admit/line placement
3/23 -7 Busulfan 0.8mg/kg IV x 3
(Busulfan levels drawn after first dose)
3/24 -6 Busulfan 0.8mg/kg IV x 4
(Busulfan adjustment if needed)
3/25 -5 Busulfan 0.8mg/kg IV x 4
3/26 -4 Busulfan 0.8mg/kg IV x 4
3/27 -3 Busulfan 0.8mg/kg IV x 1
3/28 -2 Donor collect #1 Tac 0.007 mg/kg IV
3/29 -1 Donor possible collect #2
3/30 0 Peripheral Stem Cell Infusion
3/31 +1 MTX 5mg/m^2
The rest of the "plus" days are pretty much the same as the Day +1. I'm sure they will be monitoring all kinds of stuff, giving me additional meds, etc., but this is all the info I have right now.
So yesterday I got the Hickman Line, and this morning we started the chemo. For the Busulfan, they need a special machine (the one with the green display) -- not sure why, but here's a pic of my Trans Pal from this morning:
It's gonna be crazy walkin' with that thing, but after the Feud, it'll be time for laps. It's been a rough adjustment, but I'm feeling a bit better now than I was this morning. More posts coming this week, so come back often.
I will kick its ass,