Day +10

12/7/13 – As I am going through this process and attempting to blog about it, I am finding that it is long, slow process where thing don’t change much from day to day.
Saying this, here is an update:I am still in the hospital and feel well. I do have a nagging cough but from what I recall from 2008, I always had a cough while in the hospital. I guess I just need to get home.
Yesterday I received my first neupogen shot and will get one every day until my WBC count in 1.0. This morning I was at 0.2. My doctor is predicting that I may be able to go home sometime next week. 
Once I get home I will need to be back at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center 2 to 3 times per week. Also when I am home I will need to be very cautious with germs and bacteria and I will not be allowed to go out to public places. This is all because my new immune system is still developing. The best advice anyone could get is to wash your hands after everything you do. This goes for me and for all people around me. The biggest risks I will face when I go home are infections and graft versus host disease. Being my donor is not a 100% match, it is very likely I will have graft versus host at some level. The good news is that my doctors see it all the time and know how to treat it.
Overall I feel very blessed for all the great and caring people around me. My family, friends, doctors and nurses. I cannot thank them enough.
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. "Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.Matthew 5:13-16
More to come…

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