Thursday, May 8, 2008

Getting Ready

The C/H spent about a half hour on the phone with the folks at Stanford Cancer Center. We are trying to find out what the time frame will be for my Bone Marrow Transplant. They gave us a 300 page binder all about the BMT but it doesn't really tell you how long the whole process takes. What I am learning is that everyone is different and the time that it takes depends on a ton of different factors.

It sounds like that for the first phase or two I will be able to come back home after a day or so in the hospital at Stanford. Those phases will last for up to a month or so. After that I will have to be at or near Stanford for what sounds like a couple of months! I have to say I am not looking forward to being away for so long. I am going to miss a lot being away from the house and not seeing the kids but I've got to do what I've got to do.

The literature says that it will take 3-6 months to completely recover from the BMT so that sounds like if everything goes really well, I will be starting to feel good sometime around next March. Yikes. That is a really long time.

The good news is that I have the opportunity to do this. I get to have a chance at getting my body back and to feel good again. For that I am very very grateful.

That is all the news for now. I am having mostly good days lately, still have all the regular challenges but hanging in there.
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Tourmaline OTC said...

Bring on the Alp d'Huez (sp?)! So I'm thinking that this is a lot like the Tour. You bust your ass for a month, barf a few times and just when your body is spent, it's time for the Pyrenees and the Alps. But hey, you got the yellow jersey and a whole gang of domestiques, so no big whoop,right? AND, you aced last week's time trial. I gotta tell ya though. I think you're doping. We'll need a few urine samples to be sure. Clearly, you're spilling some huge Testosterone cuz you got some big cahones to get you through your days. Lookin' for more good news...And give those girls a big (gentle) hug from your neighbors across the river.

bikesgonewild said...

..things are sounding positive, spencer, in that beyond the usual tests & treatments, you've got some new direction coming up...positive steps, glad to hear it...

...& tourmaline...i'm usually the one doing the cycling analogies but this time i leave it to you...
...i did like your suggestion of "don't get mad, don't get even, get ahead"...damn good advice no matter where or what we're doing in life...

Anonymous said...

vaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Lance!
love pantani