Alot has happened in the last 10 days. I came down to Duke last Thursday for a regular check up. I received my medicines in the clinic and went back to my hotel room. Friday morning I woke up early with a fever of 102, stomach pain, tenderness and bloating in my abdomen, and vomiting. I was promptly admitted to the hospital, where I’ve been since. I feel a whole world better than I did last Friday. The problem appears that I was not absorbing my medicines orally and that allowed the GVHD to flare back up. I am receiving my meds through IV now and am also on IV nutrition to get my electrolytes back up to normal and improve my overall health. I had a new line installed in my clavicle on Thursday because the lines in my arms had clotted up. The new line is performing well, but is still a bit tender and sore. The doctors think I’ll be able to get out tomorrow. But even when I am released, I’ll stay here in Durham and finish my treatment here. I feel that Duke is better equipped to handle complicated cases. I like the doctors here better, and it helps that they know me and my case pretty well. I also feel better about the facility. There is an entire hospital ward specifically for in patient bone marrow transplant patients. In addition, the outpatient clinic has more capabilities than the one in VA. I am eating well. I feel like I can eat anything, but unfortunately I still have to be on the bland diet so no Papa John’s pizza or full BBQ quite yet.
Fipp is here and brought Mike’s Deli. It was delicious as always. I had a plain half 6, that’s an Italian, for those not familiar with Mike’s. We are just hanging out today. I am looking forward to getting out. Once I am out I will stay in a local hotel that has a special rate for Duke Hospital patients. I will stay in Durham as long as the doctors want me to. I didn’t plan on spending more than 24 hours here in Durham so I didn’t pack my computer or anything, so that is why there have not been any updates in a while. That will change since Mom went home this weekend and will be back with my computer and some other essentials.