T + 16 Not Going Home Just Yet (PG)

A bit of a set back yesterday as around 17:30 the diarrhoea came back and it kept me up every couple of hours throughout the night. My stool samples came back negative however so it's not a bug causing it.

There are a two basic possibilities causing the problem now, either it is the effects of the chemo or it is the start of Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) where the donor immune cells are attacking my own body. It would be quite early to have signs of GVHD but not unheard of. GVHD is usually treated with steroids. (yum).

I had two lo-peramide ( immodium ) tablets in with my usual meds so this should help stop the diarrhoea in the short term.

Another slight complication is that I had a temperature this morning so blood cultures have been sent off as a precaution. I'm pretty sure it was just a blip caused by sleeping with too many bed clothes but we'll see what the results are.

I'm waiting to see the doctor to find out what the plan of action is. I'm pretty certain I won't be going home today and I suspect it may be the weekend at the earliest.

I have to say I was feeling pretty down about all this first thing this morning especially as I had come so close to getting out, but I'm trying to be positive about it and my slightly raised energy levels are helping me combat the low feelings. I have been moping about a bit the last 2 or 3 days without even wanting the radio on because of my low energy levels so today I am going to try to get a bit more stimulation. I did manage a walk up and down the corridor yesterday and will try the same today.


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