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With BMTs the doctors and staff count the day you receive the BMT as day zero. Then each day after day zero increases by one. So today is day 6. Not a whole lot to report however I have a hunch that my temperature is starting to rise. This is normal as my immune system approaches zero. Your immune system is measured by the amount of white blood cells in your body. To be more specific, there are several types of white bloods. Kind of like bees in a hive, there worker bees, drones, and queen bees. The white blood cells that actually fight infection are called neutrophils.
The normal neutrophil count is 1.7 thousand per CC to 7.00 thousand per CC. The blast of chemo given right before the transplant is designed to bring the neutrophil down to zero. Right now mine is at 0.15. I expect they’ll all be gone within another day or so.
One of things they do to you is put in what is called a trifusion CVL line. That is line that goes into your chest and dumps into your Vena Cava, the large vein that dumps directly in your heart. I’ve had a few issues with mine. Usually only two of the three lines work. At the beginning it leaked some and now there is some pain around it, even though it has been in there over a month.
The nurse just came in and said they’re taking me down for an ultrasound to make sure there is no blood clot in it. This is at 10:04 pm. I’m including one photo of the CVL. I hope it doesn’t gross you out. The whole thing creeps me out.
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