Update on my health: 6 months post-transplant

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 | 5 comments

A lot of people (yes, all two of you) have been asking about my health. As it is six-months post-bone marrow transplant, I thought I’d delight you with a little update.

The good news is I’m still in remission. So far, the bone marrow seems to be working its magic. I have a brand new immune system – that means I’ll need all my baby vaccinations repeated – but miraculously, despite my husband and the kids being sick at various points, I have managed to avoid being ill entirely.

The difficult part is that I’m still stuck at home a lot. I’m very tired and a long day with friends – as I had yesterday – can wear me out so much I need to stay in bed for the whole of the following day – as I did today. That is really depressing. And advice to “just rest” and “watch lots of television” or “take a bath” is much easier to follow in theory than in practice when that’s all you’ve been doing for almost a year.

Last week, my doctors told me I can’t return to work this school year. They said that, in my situation – without being vaccinated and with a compromised immune system – my job as a teacher is more dangerous than being a police officer. My school have been very understanding, but I really miss teaching. I miss the whole social network, studying literature and I especially miss forcing a room full of children to listen to me crack jokes all day.

So, what am I doing besides nothing? I’m learning to cook. I make a new dish or two every week and some of them are even edible. I’m writing a book. Actually, I’m writing three books. Which sounds incredible until you realize it is a completely unproductive method of finishing one book. I’m swimming again, about once a week. I’m ridding our house of clutter, which means I have created a wall of bags for the charity shop. Great insulation in the winter those bags, not so useful now that it’s April.

And – I’m spending time with my kiddies. This is the one blessing convalescing at home brings. I never thought I’d be a stay-at-home mother, but here I am. And I have to say, I love it. I get down on my hands and knees every day and play with blocks and read bedtime stories and sing and laugh and cuddle and it is absolutely the greatest.

5 Comments

  1. I stopped by hoping for an update and that was exactly what I got – even better, a positive one. I’m so pleased to hear you’re still in remission! I know what you mean about being told to just relax when you’ve been ‘just relaxing’ (or just being sick) for a year; also what it’s like to go hard on a ‘good day’ only to pay the following day with exhaustion.

    you’re lucky to have your lovely kids to play with :)

    • I do feel lucky Kate. Strange that, but it’s true!

  2. I’m also delighted to read that you are doing well. You really look well & happy on those lovely photos you posted on mothers’ day! All the best to you and your beautiful family :-)

    • Thank you, Zvon!

  3. So happy to hear.

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