I came back home on wednesday July 13th, after just 4 weeks spent in the hospital. It was so fast that it surprised everybody, including me !!!!But I will not complain: I am so happy to be home :-)!

Part of this speedy “recovery” is linked, I guess, with the hematopoietic stem cells ‘s donnor. I know a little more about her (yes it is a her!). Of course, as a rule in Europe everything is anonymous, so I will never know from where she is and who she is. I learned that my donnor is a very young woman born in 1990! Because she is so young, her stem cells are very active, so just they were injected in my body, thay started to work almost immediatly. Another very important point is that she was 100% compatible with me! I have been so lucky (Jaja suggested that I should buy a lottery ticket!

The only action which will be allowed in direction of my donnor is to send her a thank you letter, which I will write soon…

Tomorrow, I will pay my first visit to the day hospital. They will do some analysis, like the concentration of cyclosporine in my bood, as welle as blood cells count. Because the stem cells are working so well, I might not need any blood transfusion…

The next visit to the day hospital will be on thursday. It will be D + 30 after the graft; This time, I will have a myelogram done: it is the better way to check how the stem cells are working. It will also be a way to check how close I am to become “a chimera”! As seen on the top photo, a chimera is “an animal” which is made of two different animals, like a lion and a gazelle on the photo. It means that the animal is containing two different DNAs. In my case, it will be similar: I will have my old historical DNA for the old parts of my body, but will have in all the things connected with blood the new DNA of my donnor: I will a chimera! Before having to deal with that personnaly, I even did not think that it was possible to live with two DNAs!

To end up this long presentation, here are some photos as I was leaving the hospital and some photos at home!

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4 thoughts on “On my way to become a chimera

  1. That is making you someone so special.
    But, you may have acknowledge it, you were someone so special for us already :).
    So, from now, you will be twice special.

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    1. Chers Mimi et Rob,
      J’espère que tout va bien à Boulder?
      ici tout va bien. demain première visite à l’hôpital de jour. Ca devrait aller.
      Bon dimanche!
      Bises
      Patrick

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