It's Alright, This Happened Once Before
Monday December 20, 2021 - Day +4
[and my (real) brother's (real) birthday]
Blogging Tunes: Grateful Dead - 12/10/1989
First things first. I'm ok. Everything's going pretty much as planned according to the doc. No major problems or complications. That doesn't mean it's pleasant by any stretch, but the docs are pleased.
Also... highlight of the weekend? I got to play some music with Eric (of Chum) yesterday -- more on that and vids below -- and my body cooperated with a couple hours of feeling "pretty good."
Today is Day +4... the 4th day after my stem-cell marrow transplant and we're settling into the nadir. As of this morning -- and as totally expected -- I'm officially neutropenic... i.e. WBC below 1.0. As my counts continue to decrease this week, I will likely feel a bit worse until the counts start to rebound somewhere between Day +14 and Day +18. I'm still hoping it's sooner -- how about Day +12?? Then I could go home on NYE just like 11 years ago -- but whatever.
What does worse mean? Severely reduced energy, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, mouth pain, and more.
Despite the low energy, I've been forcing myself to get exercise every day. Even if it's just a few laps around 12 Long. I think Day 0 was the only day I didn't walk. Perfect time to discover this cool exercise bike in the 12th floor Solarium: very comfortable bike with an incredible view.
Below is a little video of my experience riding. Unless I am physically unable to do so, my goal is to ride this bike every single day I'm here. Even if it's just 5 minutes.
If I Could