As you all know, after the chemotherapy used “to wash out” all the bad hematopoietic stem cells , all the old good immune system I made 60 years to build was gone…
In early 2017, then at the end of 2018, I started a campaign of vaccines against stretococcus pneumoniae, diphteria, tetanos, whooping cough, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, haemophilus influenzoe,pneumococcal infection, measles, mumps, rubella. Of course I had also the flue vaccine!
I am almost at the end of the campaign…
Today, December 19th 2018, I had the first shot of the last vaccine: chicken pox. In a month, I will have the second shot, and I will be fully covered as a newborn!
However, when I had my small number of whites cells, long long time ago, I was never sick: no infections, a mystery for doctors! But I had my old good immune system working! Nowdays, it is not the same story: I had twice a cold, something I don’t remember I had for years before. For the last cold, which is not finish yet, I did not do anything against it: I am trying to build my own immune system by giving it something to fight against! From a biological stand point, I might be wrong, but who cares :-)!
Since this blog is made to share my experiences, I would like also to speak about something which is disturbing me: it is the fatigue I am experiencing whenever I am doing some activities: I feel tired… It was not like that in the “old good times” ;-)! On talking of this problem with my kind graft doctor, she said that it is a situation more than half of the people who had stem cells transplants are reporting. Nobody knows from where it comes. She also told me that she has no “magic bullet” available to help. It is OK, I still like her :-)!
Here is a paper I found related to this problem:
Click to access Managing_Fatigue_After_A_Transplant_Anthony_Nolan.pdf
It is very informative, but no cure offered of course…. but I don’t feel alone :-)!
I also made a blood analysis, since it was already 2 months I did one: according to my kind graft doctor everything looks OK, although there are “signs” of a viral infection…. the cold!
Anyway, it does prevent us to travel! Last week, we went to Britanny: Saint Malo, Cancale, Dol de Bretagne. here are some photos taken around those places…
We also visited the Mucha Exhibit at the Luxembourg museum… Photos!
And please, don’t forget to enjoy life!