I’m happy to report I’m back to work! I’ve been an administrator/executive director of assisted living facilities for the elderly for the majority of my career. I didn’t think I would be able to do this type of work again. But I am very fortunate to be working for an owner who allowed me to start part-time for the month of April. I’ll start full time in May and I have permission to work from home one day a week if I need to still transition into full time.
My current health status is improving. The vertigo has cleared up and I’m back to baseline. I’m always a little dizzy and take antivert twice a day. And I’m really tired. I haven’t been to the gym and I’ve gained more weight. The integrative medicine doc tested my adrenal glands and I got the results back last night. I have adrenal fatigue and he said to order adren-plus and to take 2 a day. Hopefully that helps.
I returned to Northwestern yesterday and today for my one year visit! I’m early actually since transplant was 6/6/16 but my COBRA insurance ends this month and I’m not sure what my new insurance will cover. The MRIs of my brain and C-spine both show REMISSION! I already suspected this but it’s always a relief to hear!
My blood work also came back totally in-range! I did the walk, the peg test, the cognitive math test, and I felt better doing all of them than I had during either of the previous testings. I also hopped on one foot again which I couldn’t do before HSCT for some reason. The study neurologist suggested I try green tea capsules to improve my energy level so I may try that. Both he and Dr. Burt were happy with my progress- I am too!
Our HSCT summer 2016 group has become known as the “summer minions.” Our facebook group leader had a great idea to make bracelets! We are like a little family and I’m so grateful to have these men and women on my team!
Sadly, we recently lost a member of our group. He did not pass from HSCT but rather from a separate medical procedure. We are all devastated and wish his family strength.
This blog entry is dedicated to David.