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Day Zero

I was admitted last Sunday night to a delightful double room at St Barts which I shared with a chap who was in a very bad way from the same disease. He made me appreciate how lucky I am that we caught it early. He has been sick for 2 years and only recently did they correctly diagnose the issue.

Monday started with aa 45 minute procedure to insert a PICC line which is basically a semi permanent canula. Basically a tube goes into my arm and 44cm later emerges into the big veins just near the heart. End result is they can put stuff in and take blood tests without making new punctures each time which is a good thing! Apparently it can stay in for 18 months although I don’t imagine its being there that long.

Then came the Methalan along with loads of fluids etc to make it go down with less side effects. 6 bags in all.

They moved me to a single room yesterday – they want to isolate me from infection going forwards. So now I am in Ward 5C Bed 7. I guess I will be here a while.

Today is Wednesday and the stem cells will be re-introduced later today. All the while the white blood cell counts carry on towards zero at which point I will no longer have an immune system. Then the stem cells kick in with new cells and all is hunky dory. The zero day will be around the weekend and will coincide with when I get really sick!

Hair-wise – with it falling out anyway I have now shaved it all off. Picture below with my cap – thanks Brian and Dot!

So all in all I am well and all is good but the storm is on the horizon! Thank you all for your thoughts and those who have visited thanks for coming!

I end with a picture taken by Steve last night. He brought me some medicinal Irish drink …

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