Day -1 (A bunch of TMI) and maybe some fluff.

Today was/is Day -1.  Tomorrow is scheduled to be transplant day and by all the look of it, it’s finally gonna happen.   The sick feeling that started yesterday (which I didn’t write about here) has carried on to today.   Too many trips to the bathroom for general nastiness have made my hemorrhoid grow to the size of New Jersey.  The diarrhea has a neon green glow to it (chemoshit, one nurse called it).  We are currently waiting for the C-Diff test to rule out me having that.  Please don’t let me have that too.

It hurts to pee right now, they say that will go away in a couple days.  It’s from having the foley catheter in for 2 days, stretched everything out.  But after hearing the horror stories of people ho refused the catheter, I think I am gonna be glad that I went ahead with the catheter.

Have had real problems with nausea and bile heaves the last few days.   It’s totally from the chemo.  In case you didn’t know, I can not throw up.   Once food or meds get into my system, NOTHING comes up.  Haven’t been able to puke since April 2004.  So instead I get really nauseous, then start heaving up the bile that resides in my throat.  I would say Fun, Fun, but it’s totally not, very painful.

Being in the hospital for 9 days is about 7 days too long, especially when you didn’t feel sick for the first 6 days of it.  All the sick feeling has basically came on the last 2 days.  Yeah, I had some nausea around day -4 but it was nothing compared to the last 2 days.


But the transplant is tomorrow.  YAY.  Then baby chemo every other day for 5 days.  Daily blood tests, probably every other day some form of infusion (Hemoglobin or Platelets).  This routine will go on for quite a while.  Not for the whole 100 days I don’t think, but for a good portion of them.


I still have all my hair.  Should start falling out next week.  Hoping I keep my eyebrows again like last chemo.  Pale and completely hairless is creepy, eyebrows give a touch of humanism.  That sounds heartless, and right now I don’t have the energy to care how heartless it sounds.  I feel sorry for anyone going thru this crap that loses all their hair, the good news is that it grows back fairly quickly.


Teresa is being super-woman for me.  Today she worked a full day, helped me immensely with everything, went grocery shopping, and is now going to grab dinner.  I would say I love her more and more every day, but in reality I don’t think I could love her anymore than I do.  So I will just leave this as I love you Babykins, and appreciate all you are doing for me during this and all the previous trying times.


My back is starting to hurt, I’m gonna lay back down now.   Thanks for reading.   I should have a post tomorrow or the next day to let you all know about the transplant itself.


Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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