October 31, 2010
Officially a pin cushion
I started my 9th cycle of intensification yesterday (only one more of this phase to go :) ) While there I started wondering how many needles I have actually had going through this process. If you remember before I got sick I was pretty much terrified of needles and now they are a common place in my life. So this morning I decided to sit down and approximate the amount of needles I have had. After going through it I have an approximate number. I have recieved over 70 needles so far along this journey. So now I am starting to think of myself of quite the pincushion.
The real reason this came into my mind was yesterday I realized the amount of needles I was going to have in the next 24 hours was 5. Especially since they are located all over my body the first thing that came to mind was a pin cushion with my face on it. Now that I know the true number, it is crazy to think I have had over 70 needles and that number is going to continue to grow! I think I might hit the magical century mark before all this is over.
On the other fronts things are going pretty well with me. Starting the next cycle means I am heading into my difficult section of the process. For the next day or so I will have a sore back from the LP. In addition the steriods give me a thirst that can't be satisfied and trouble sleeping. Then next week I go through the withdrawals which are always mentally tough. I am thinking this cycle will be a little easier now that I know I have a bone marrow match (I will keep you updated on how that goes).
On the bone marrow front I have a meeting with the transplant team at the end of October so I don't really have anymore information to share with all of you.
Well that is an update on me. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is enjoying this nice fall weather.