Stem Cell Transplant: Day: -4


12:15: Another blood test. another syringe of throw away form my picc line and then a syringe for the test, then they hooke me back up to the line.

8:15: Brad is my nurse today.  I get my breakfast, eggs, bacon, muffin, not bad.  I eat my breakfast and still a little tired and mellowed out so I doze back off.

9:45: Dr. Safah and the fellow come in.  They say they are going to start watching my blood glucose numbers because they are starting to rise on the nightly readings.  This is normal with anyone going through this type of procedure as the combination of the steroids and the chemo make the body’s ability to maintain its blood glucose levels to a normal level almost impossible.

10:00: I start to doze back off after the doctor leaves.  A very common side affect of high blood glucose is being tired.  It is hitting me good.

12:00: The nurse takes me up and tells me he is about to take my blood glucose level.  He takes it and find out it is about 388.  Pretty high and would explain why I am so tired.  He tells me he is going to get some long lasting insulin.

12:10: The nurse gives me 10 units of the long lasting insulin, and a few units of short term insulin to go with my meal.  He then serves me my meal.  It is fish, yellow rice, a dinner roll, and some cake.

12:45: I finish up eating, and just lay in bed.  The sugars are starting to hit me again, I can feel it.  I start dozing back off.

1:00: My wife shows up to check on me.  No one has been able to contact me all day on the phone, as I have been sleeping most if not all the day.

2:00:  I am hit up with my 1/1 dose of Etoposide.  Just one quick dose and today’s punishment is over, no real big side effects here either.

4:00: The nurse wakes me up for some further vital signs and blood glucose check.  The glucose is about 315, and my vitals show I am still alive.

4:15: The nurse comes back with some more short term insulin before I get my supper.

4:30: I get supper.  It is BBQ chicken, yellow rice, greens, and jello.

5:15: I am done eating.  I brush my teeth and get everything ready for the evening.

5:45: I am laying back in bed.  I start dozing back off pretty quickly.

6:15: My parents show up, I know they are here, but too tired to really care at this point.  LOL  I am just out of it.

8:30: My wife and parents head on out.  I am just going to sleep the night away!

9:00: I take some more blood glucose numbers when the nurse wakes me up, and then I get some more insulin, then right back off to sleep.

11:59: Still sleeping, a great day of rest right here…..


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© Craig