My plan was to post here often about what is going on in Chicago and I'll try to do it from now on.
Everything happened so fast that i havent had much time to do it.
I was approved by the insurance on march 25th and on april 15th I was told to be in Chicago within 48 hrs to start the tests. It 's been 2 1/2 weeks full of appts. Lab Work, in which they took 18 tubes of blood...my record in 14 years I think. I had an EKG, CT scan of sinuses, chest x-ray, vein check, dental appt, pulmonary function test, echocardiography, EMG/NVC (the more painful tests of all...lol)
They make sure everything is order before they start treatment for transplant.
The only thing I had to get done was dental. Even though I go to the dentist every 6 months, they did find a little shadow that they thought I could need a root canal maybe in 6 to 12 months. It didnt bother me at all. But they said they wouldnt let me go ahead with transplant unless I had a root canal done or an extraction. The reason for this is that any little thing like that can become a huge infection during chemo and transplant ,since the inmune system will be too low (pretty much gone...lol) and I wont be able to fight infections. They called my dentist and explained the problem and what it needed to be done.
Since root canals take over a couple of weeks and I dont have the time (or money..lol) for that ,
I opted for the extraction.
Today I had an appt with Dr. Suffit who will be my neurologist while Im here and then with Dr. Burt,who is the one inmunologist in charge of the transplant , all is set and ready to go next friday to start treatment. I have a week off !!! I'm really excited about this treatment and the changes it will bring to my life.
I ve been walking by the lake and the city. Last weekend my friend Ivette came from Indianapolis and we walked to the Navy Pier and to the Lincoln Zoo. We had a great time! and the weather was nice.
I miss my family and friends in Florida.