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Hi, anyone reading this. Arrived in hospital today to get a stem cell transplant for leakaemia. Not certain whether i will be able to do any sort of exercise during my expected 6 week stay here but i am fairly certain doing something like the Squat Challenge that i have taken up will be some sort of motivation to keep things going. I have recently completed the 10 mile challenge which i completed in an hour and 58 minutes and after training extensively for that i now find that i will not be able to run again for some time. I hope to be able to do some exercise during the treatment i receive in hospital so i will try and stay positive during my stay. Looks like i will be getting 9 days of progressively intensive chemotherapy to start with to kill off my immune system and whatever remains of my bone marrow. I have had chemo at another hospital before coming to this one for 10 months, but this is the only hospital here that does stem cell transplants. Anyway, let's see how i get on.

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Todays visit to hospital after two weeks showed bloods generally ok and apparently stabilizing - so i was advised: Haemoglobin 13.3 (down), Platelets 73 (up), Neutrophils 4.2 (up), White cells 4.7 (up).  Went for a Lung Function Test while i was waitin...

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2 weeks since i have attended the hospital for bloods and a general check over. There was a lot of activity between myself and the hospital by phone and text during last week but at least i did not have to go in. Today the visit was good, i had the usu...

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Hallo again. Happy Easter everyone. Apologies for no write up yesterday but certain things are happening which stopped me from putting anything down here yesterday evening.  The latest info from the hospital is that i do not have to go in every Tuesday...

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Another good week and another good day at the hospital. Bloods this week - Haemoglobin up to 13.3, white cells down to 4.6, neutrophils down to 4.0, platelets slightly up to 57. Doctor was happy with this and advised that i was doing pretty good. I did...

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A great day. Hickmann Line removed. Further reduction in number of steroids being taken.  Had to be in the hospital for appointment at 0830 for bloods and temperature, blood pressure, weight. Last use of the line to take the bloods. Weight down to 70 k...

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Normal hospital service resumed today. There were even some great jokes made which served to help last Friday. Good stuff. All blood levels up again - Haemoglobin 12.0, Platelets 77, white cells 7.0, neutrophils 5.5  A specific specialist blood test w...

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A bit of a different and unexpected day but one that can bring out the best or worst in people, or me if you allow it to happen. Did not have any problems to start with. Had to get to hospital for 0830. Arrived a bit early and was taken into oncology a...

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Today is a scheduled visit to the hospital to check up on the rash and sunburn issues that occured last week as a result of "graft versus host disease", and the usual blood tests. More than 160 people visiting the oncology department today so i was gla...

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Another unexpected blog day. It took until around 2100 last night to be certain that the steroids had taken control of the itching and rash situation due to the graft versus host disease occurence. Managed to get some good sleep and don't remember much ...

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An unscheduled visit for another blog. I have combined 2 days in one for this as it all has to be together. Yesterday the 4th March '21: All going well during the morning although i had not slept very well at all. Feeling a bit "odd" for some reason bu...

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All good news from the hospital this week. All blood levels are up since last Friday 26th February. White cells 3.3, neutrophils 2.7, haemoglobin 10.3, platelets 67.  So from today i will only be visiting the hospital once a week, every Tuesday. I have ...

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Good positive stuff happened today. Got into the hospital at 0800 for 0830 appointment. Bloods got taken at 0840. Result showed white cells down a bit 2.7, neutrophils down also 2.1, haemoglobin up 9.6 and platelets up at 64. Going on these results i wa...

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Another day at the hospital to see what is happening with my bloods and see if there are any problems as a result. An early visit, 0830 again to make sure i could park in their underground car park. It would appear if you arrive after around 0915 then y...

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This is different - reporting from the outside about what is happening on the inside. It is a very good "different" though.  Got into the hospital for 0810 for an 0830 appointment. Signed in immediately and taken to the Day Care Ward of the Oncology De...

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Just to advise that i have finally left the hospital. Got given the ok to go from the Doctor just before 1000. Got given several packs of dressing changes for my Hickmann Line which i understand is likely to be staying with me until the hospital are hap...

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Big drop in weight overnight of 2 kg which put me at 69.0 kg first thing this morning. Some definition coming onto my feet and legs now, and yesterdays horrible wobbly bits have disappeared. All bloods are still progressing in the right direction: white...

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Well i have spent the whole night without being hooked up to the drip machine and weight this morning shows 71.0 kg. There is still more water / drugs to come out but there is a significant difference in the size of my lower legs and feet. I can begin t...

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Having a starting weight yesterday of 73.8 kg, and having been on frusemide for a good bit of the day i was more than surprised to see that my weight this morning was down to 71.4 kg. This is 0.6 kg less than when i came into hospital. Even more surpris...

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Another night of hair falling out as there is more on the sheet and pillow today than there was yesterday. Bloods are still going up - white cells 1.4, neutrophils 1.0, haemoglobin 8.9, platelets 40. Another  morning and some of the afternoon on the fru...

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Day +14. Blood results turned up earlier than yesterday - white cells 0.5, neutrophils 0.3, haemoglobin 8.3, platelets 21. All increases on yesterday apart from HB, but it appears we have found the platelets again. Had a go with the frusemide again this...

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Today has been somewhat eventful. Started with the usual hanging up of different drip bags and then the Doctors turned up and advised that my platelet count was still below 10 so i would be getting another bag of them. Haemoglobin still 8.3 as yesterday...

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Today was more of a drip day than anything else. Started with a magnesium drip as well as the usual anti-rejection drug drips. Then another bag of platelets. Today when the Doctors came round they repeated that they haf seen the feet anf lower leg swell...

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Had to take the numbing mouthwash before breakfast but apart from that meal it was not necessary to use it again for other meals. It turned into another frusemide day, in and out of the loo as weight gone back up to 75.2 kg. Also got a bag of blood as h...

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Certainly a better start to the day than yesterday. Today is day + 10. White cells and neutrophils still showing zero so no immune system. I could still feel whatever it was that could not be seen at the back of my throat when i got up this morning  so...