Thanks for sharing your story Lansford, I was told that Neupogen causes pain during the mobilization part, how much in the scake of 1 to 10? do you think that during the apheresis/harvest period one would be able to work?
I was told I would have a central venus catheter placed on a large vein on my chest. Sounds like yours was in the arms. I would like to be able to work since I don't have a lot of FMLA days available at work.
Sorry to hear you contracted the swine virus, I guess anything can happen when the immune system is down. do you have any pointers on what to watch out for in terms of staying germs free outside of getting rid of carpet and washing your hands constantly? I am glad you were able to spend time with your family during Thanksgiving.
Do you recall how soon after the apheresis you started the high dose melphalan chemoterapy? From what I read, high dose chemoterapy is just as bad or destructive for the body as cancer is. Still it does not seem like there are any other ways around chemo (even the famous Gerson juice therapy).
Does the oncolodist still monitor your blood for bad plasmas or Myeloma? Are you currently in maintenance chemotherapy?
I am glad to hear you are doing well and working, thanks for your reply :)