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My Bone Marrow Transplant

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

I forgot that I hadn’t posted this, it was in draft form until I remembered it today.

I had a normal check up last Tuesday in HK. My blood counts continue to surprise me by slowly and steadily getting better each check up. My RBC is at 3.16 and my Haemoglobin at 11.6. I haven’t seen an RBC above 3 since the transplant.

We have stopped Mycophenalate, one of the two immune suppressants that I have taken since the transplant, and will reduce the dosage of Ciclosporin from 50mg per day to 40mg per day in 2 months time. Every drug removed or dosage reduction is another small victory on the way to full recovery.

We are in the very north of the Philippines for Holy Week, staying at Sitio Remedios, a beautiful little resort of old Ilocano houses assembled on abeach by Dr. Cunanan. The last time I saw him was two years ago in the ICU in St. Luke’s Medical Centre, prior to my being airlifted to HK. It was great to meet him again in much better circumstances.

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