I'm sitting in my kitchen, on my laptop, watching a marathon of America's Next Top Model on Bravo. Yesssssss.
I set a new personal best for discharge after transplant. Last time I got out Day +17 after transplant, and this time it's Day +14. Unfortunately I didn't get the all-time record for the hospital, which is Day +8, but that is insanely early. I'm happy with Day 14.
Of course I have to give a big thanks to my donor, the mystery man of 27 who was nice enough to give me some of his bone marrow. His cells started growing really quickly and I have rock star blood counts.
But a lot of credit goes to me, too. I kept eating the whole time, and eating well, I ate the calories and protein the nutritionist wanted me to eat. I was careful about infection precautions and didn't get sick. I did proper mouth care, I pushed myself to start taking pills again and get off the IV medication, which might have been the hardest, because I have gobs and gobs of pills to take and it's a big production to get them all down, I got out of my room and walked around the floor every day, even when I felt really crappy. And of course a lot of credit goes to my wonderful friends and family (including you guys!) who supported me during the worst part.
The mouth and throat sores are much better, but now the problem is that my taste buds have mostly fallen off so nothing tastes right. A lot of things don't have any flavor at all - super weird! You stick food in your mouth and you expect it to taste like something, but no, it feels like my tongue is coated in plastic and I'm chewing packaging noodles or something equally tasteless. Tomato sauce has been the best thing, fruit juice is okay, but otherwise I'm really at a loss for what to eat until my taste buds grow back. Last time I had trouble with things tasting funny too, but I don't remember it being this bad.
OK, back to shallow TV and brainstorming food ideas.