numbering the days

August 25, 2012

The past two weeks I endured the 5 days of chemo followed by the Stem Cell Transplant referred to as “Day 0. As expected, this chemo has definitely been the roughest. Due to the harsh side effects from the toxicities of the chemo, they decided to keep me in the hospital last Saturday until Wednesday to better monitor my condition and control my nausea intravenously. Miraculously, out of all the chemo I’ve had in the past year and a half, I’ve battled nausea and managed to hold my stomach. But this chemo finally did me in.

I also experienced my first blood transfusion. It was weird being on the other side of the bag of blood, as in, receiving rather than giving. Back in the day when I was healthy and not terrified of needles, I gave blood a few times. Little did I know that one day I would be needing one of those bags of O positive. So now I’m an even bigger fan of the American Red Cross; therefore, I encourage everyone to volunteer or donate sometime because that one person who decided to give a bag of blood helped me.

Since Wednesday, I have been able to stay at the apartment while visiting the SCT clinic daily to check my blood work, see doctors, receive fluids, track progress, etc. I am now 5 days out from the SCT, or at Day 5. My nausea is under control and I’m feeling pretty good for what I’ve been through. The chemo also causes my mouth and throat to be raw and sore until my immune system becomes strong enough to heal it, so I have been sticking to bland, soft/liquid foods. Though my body has been weak and fatigued, it is coming around and my energy level is increasing. Yesterday I received a bag of platelets, and it is possible I could need blood again in a few days. As rocky as things sound, everything has gone pretty smoothly as far a stem cell transplants go and all the stuff I am going through has been anticipated.

So now that I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt literally (the nurses give all the patients who undergo a SCT a t-shirt that says “LIFE BEGINS AT DAY 0”), I’m waiting for Day 10 to Day 14 because that is when my immune system should really start responding. With a white blood cell count of 0.1 and on the decrease, I’m treading lightly with the hope that I will be one of the lucky ones that makes it to Day 10 without getting a fever. The doctors didn’t say it was likely, but they told me because of my age it is definitely possible.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

 -Psalm 34:19

IN A NUTSHELL

  • I’m on the other side of the SCT and my body has tolerated everything well
  • We are waiting to see my immune system start picking back up by the end of next week
  • If you want some specifics to pray for, pray that don’t get a fever over the next week so that I don’t have to go back into the hospital and also that my immune system responds when and as it should
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9 Responses to “numbering the days”

  1. Mary Combs said

    We’ve been praying, and now are praising God that you have come so far and are doing so well. Keep the faith that inspires us! Keep the hope that drives us! Keep those posts coming that inform us!! And we’ll keep praying with the power!!!

    Love, Ms. Mary

  2. LeAnn said

    Ches, I have been thinking and wondering how it was going all week…thanks for the update. The kids and I are praying and we will have a special time of prayer on Tuesday night at Community Group. We love you!

  3. Vincent Lloyd said

    You are a true inspiration Cheslie. I will continue to pray for you. You are a very strong young lady. God bless you!

  4. Wendy said

    I admire you & your inspiration!!

  5. Jane Lange said

    Uncle Evie and I have been praying for you. I’m so glad it sounds like the worst is behind you.

  6. Judee Flint said

    So happy you felt well enough to write today, Cheslie. I’m also keeping track through your mom’s reports on facebook. I’m praying against fever and infections, and for a supernatural strengthening of your immune system. “Lord Jesus, send angelic warriors to stand guard around Cheslie, to ward off any opposing fevers or infections. Strengthen Cheslie, spirit, mind, and body, especially her immune system; return her to the health that you intend for her. I praise you that you have been her rock and defense through these hard times; and for the strong witness that she has been to you through her illness. You have known Cheslie from her very beginning and know the intricacies of each system in her body; I pray now that you would knit together a new and healthy immune system within her body. In Your Name, Jesus, and for Your sake. Amen.”

  7. Cathy F said

    Praying for you.

  8. Cheslie, I keep up with your progression to “a healthy you” through your mothers facebook. I pray each and everyday for a miracle from God. I pray now for protection from infection & that your immune systems responds. You are a couragious young lady & a true inspiration.

  9. Cheslie, You are so Amazing! I’m affirming perfect defense and protection in these days ahead. Love and care, Linda Mills (Matt’s mom)

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