Day +41

1/7/14 – Good news…  my Creatinine level came down a little. It is now 1.7. I did get IV fluids yesterday but I was able to avoid getting a PICC line for now.
At yesterday’s appointment I also learned that I have tested positive for a virus known as CMV. Here is a little info on CMV:
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the herpesviruses. This group of viruses includes the herpes simplex viruses, varicella-zoster virus (which causes chickenpox and shingles), and Epstein-Barr virus (which causes infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono). CMV is a common infection that is usually harmless. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Among every 100 adults in the United States, 50–80 are infected with CMV by the time they are 40 years old. Most healthy children and adults infected with CMV have no symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected. Others may develop a mild illness when they get infected and have the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, fatigue, and swollen glands. But since these are also symptoms of other illnesses, most people don't realize that they have been infected with CMV.

 I have been put on an antibiotic to address this virus.
Another piece of interesting information I learned yesterday is that as of the last test my system is now 53% of the donor’s. This is a sign that my immune system is headed in the right direction.
 My next appointment at the Cancer Center is Thursday, January 9th.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
More to come…

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