This is my ongoing blog to document the haematopoietic stem cell transplant for the treatment of my illness, Chronic Inflammatory Demyellineating Polyneuropathy (CIDP). I was looked after by Dr Richard K Burt at Northwestern Memorial Hospital under an FDA approved clinical trial in June 2013.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
The nurse came into the room at 7:00am with a beaming smile on her face. My
white blood cell count had reached 0.3, still neutropenic but it was the spike
that everyone had been waiting for.
I was excited!
Dr Burt and his team made their rounds, and he
suggested that I have an early Neupogen shot to nudge things along.
He booked another blood draw for 3:00pm, and if the
count exceeded 0.8, then I could be discharged.
So it was another Butter Chicken masala box for
lunch and my wait as the blood draw was sent off for testing.
At about 4:30pm, Becky returned exclaiming I had
passed with a count of 1.3
All the discharge paperwork had been dealt with in
the morning, so all that was left was the removal of my PICC line, which had
served me well to give blood and to take all the drugs and fluids into my body.
Becky told me to take a deep breath and let it out
slowly, and before I knew it the line was out.
This simple procedure marked the completion of my Stem Cell Transplant.
I came to Chicago 8 weeks ago to get myself better.
As I reflected over what had happened over this
period, I thought to myself "Job done!"