Transplant Journey

Update Day +10

Day +10, I am at the half way mark. Three weeks in hospital, another 3 weeks to go. The mouth is very sore today. The donor cells haven’t started to build my immunity. This will take another week. I have just taken a local anesthetic mouthwash so that I can eat breakfast. Had a reasonable nights sleep but it will be a short update today.

Martha was back as my care nurse last night. She was my first care nurse three weeks ago and was very helpful in making me feel at home in hospital.  Martha is my ‘Florence Nightingale’. There is a team of 45 nurses looking after us on a 24×7 basis. Martha was followed by Mary the last time, though I hope that Mary doesn’t turn up again, as Lazarus wasn’t risen from the dead the second time:-)

When you are in pain, you tend to focus all your energies on trying to fght it. This is what I did for most of the day. Though, I remember once talking to someone about how to embrace pain, instead of fighting it. Must look into this. I made a mistake by not taking pain killers this morning. I would have been in better shape if I did what the nurse suggested this morning.

This year we did not get around to sending Christmas cards to our friends so let me take this opportunity to say; “May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, The gladness of Christmas give you hope, The warmth of Christmas grant you love”. What is Christmas?  It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.  It is my wish that your cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. Happy Christmas!

That’s all for today folks!

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