To Read Tami's Story from the Beginning

Just CLICK HERE. Her blog begins on March 12, 2009 with a post titled "Tami's Myelodysplasia Diagnosis." Then at the bottom of each post, click on the words "Newer Post" located just below the comments section on each page.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Post Stem Cell Transplant: Day +6

Sorry but Tami is not up to visitors today

On the 4th of July Tami was able to watch a live fireworks show from her bed. She has an excellent view over the water. I'll ask Wendy to post a picture for you later today.

Unfortunately Tami will most likely begin to feel worse, or so her doctors have warned her. Since her transplant she has been receiving a drug in an effort to prevent her body from rejecting the new donor stem cells. This is a medicine that is being administered 4 times (on days +1, +3, +6 and +11) to prevent Graft vs. Host Disease. It will likely make her mouth sores worse as this is a known side effect but the benefits of preventing or minimizing any Graft vs. Host Disease far outweigh the temporary pain the mouth sores will cause. She will most likely receive a dose of Methotrixate today as it is day +6.

Update 1:03 pm: Tami's mouth has a few more sores today. Her stomach is bothering her a bit but this is caused by her medications. Most likely the number of medications Tami will be on will continue to rise in the coming days post transplant. I know at one point Roger was on around 30 medications after his transplant. Imagine all of the potential side effects and it's no surprise that Tami isn't feeling so great.

But right now she is having a pasta lunch :)

Posted by Stacie (Tami's cousin)

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