It has been almost five years and I still require rest before and after an outting. I also can't talk about even flowers or the weather without crying.
hi my name is rebecca, i am going in for my bone marrow transplant the end of this month, my brother is my doner, and i really want to ask someone questions who went through a tranplant,
Hi Rebecca. I went through a bone marrow transplant 6 years ago. My brother was also my donor and he was a perfect match. To prepare you for the transplant, the doctors would have you go through a full body irradiation. For me it was twice a day for four days in which my body was exposed to x-rays. Afterwards I was given chemotherapy to ensure that the last of my cancerous bone marrow was eliminated. During this period you'll start to lose all of your hair on your body. In order to minimize the shock this could cause, especially if you have long hair, it's better to have it cut really short before you go into the hospital. That's what I did. Because of the chemotherapy and radiation, you will also lose your sense of taste and won't be able to keep any solid food down. But you can have those fortified drinks like Ensure to keep up your nutrition. Also sucking on hard candy like sourballs and drinking ginger ale helps with the nausea. The actual transplant was done in the isolation room where they injected the donor bone marrow into me through the broviac catheter the doctors inserted into my chest after I was admitted into the hospital. The donor marrow know exactly where it's supposed to go as soon as it's injected. Then the doctors monitor you to make sure that everything works out perfectly. They would also make you comfortable so that the transition from being in isolation 'til the time you get out won't be so bad. But PLEASE, under no circumstances, allow anyone to come into your isolation room with any sort of communicable diseases (colds, flu, measles,etc.) no matter how much you want to see them and vice versa! During this period between the time you start the preparation process, the actual