Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Things that have changed after 6 months

In April, I wrote this blog http://cfsteph.blogspot.com/2010/04/post-transplant-thoughts.html.

Some of the things that have changed is I can drive and run. I will admit I don't run like I thought I would post transplant. Though I am much more active than I was.

The hunger should be coming soon since my mouth sores are almost gone and I am not having pain when I swallow.

My pain is slowly going away. It is nothing like it has been in the past but my body has been through a lot of ups and downs in the past 6 months so a little pain is okay to me.

The number of medical appointments are a lot less.

I am back to work and I even go in to the office a few days a week.

I am on less medications.

Less side effects from medications.

I am able to swim.

My finger nails are the longest they have ever been in my life.

My bald spot on my head is almost filled in. That was from the fluid they pumped me with during my transplant.

I have gone to camp about 9 or 10 times this summer. I still plan on going up this fall and even this winter.

I had no issues breathing in the humid weather.

I don't cough going from hot to cold.

I can do laundry, sweep and mop the floors without getting out of breath. Not that I like doing those things but Brian likes that I can help out.

I did a 3.5 mile walk for ALS 2 weekends ago and never once needed to stop to catch my breath.

I don't need home health any more though I miss my VNA nurses.

My medicines have caused me to need to treat my blood sugars. I have been on insulin for 4 months. It is just a new way of life but I can breathe so I will deal with it.

I went to my niece's soccer game and didn't need to wear oxygen to walk to the field from my car. I loved that some of her teammates came up to me and notice I wasn't wearing it.

I am sure there is so much more but this is a good list to begin with. I will update this every several months.

These thing were all made possible by my wonderful donor.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hello Blog world

I feel like I have been out straight. I have absolutely no news about the rattle in my throat or the sores in my mouth other than they are both still there.

I have gone in to my actual work office at the college four times in the last week. I needed a change from everything pre-transplant. My goal is 2 times a week.

I have spent most weekends up to our camp. We have the addition almost done. We are putting the roof on now. I will probably make it up there for or five more times before snow flies.

This weekend, I am doing an ALS walk with my husband and then going to my nephews birthday party. Sunday will be a day for me. I love those days.

It is weird not going to Boston every week. I don't go back until October. I have a CF appointment in a few weeks. Plus I need to schedule an upper endoscopy because of some pain that I have when I eat and we have already ruled out acid reflux. I am going to my first dental cleaning since my transplant on Monday and getting my first IV of reclast for my bones. So even though I am not in Boston, I am still pretty busy with appointments.

I think I am going to take the next two Fridays off. Maybe next week, I'll use my gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure. Time to pamper me a little.