Wednesday, April 25, 2012

In Transit

Right now I'm sitting in the Virgin Australia lounge room at LAX, and for lack of a better word, I'm buggered.  I woke up this morning and I didn't feel the best.  Maybe it was because I had the busiest day I've had since transplant yesterday, or maybe it was because I was nervous about getting sick on the plane, I don't know.

All I know is for the first time in a couple of days I felt nauseous.  Luckily, I still had some Zofran so I took one of them and I was right as rain.  The other problem I had though that bothered me a little more was for the very first time the site of my PICC line had started to ache.  Not good.  I had planned on phoning Amy anyway that day to let her know I was going home and just to say thanks, so I raised it with her then.  As there was no swelling or redness and I didn't have a fever she said it was most probably nothing but if it still bothered me when I got back to Melbourne to raise it with my doctors there.  Most probably I just slept on it in an awkward way.

Anyway, so far today has been really long.  Not that things have gone badly they haven't.  But airports are tiring at the best of times and we have already had a four hour flight from Chicago to LA and on Chicago time it is currently midnight.  I am looking forward to getting on the plane having a bite and then going to sleep.  Thankfully I have had no trouble sleeping since SCT which I would imagine has made it much easier for me.

And to think in just 18 hours time I will finally be able to rest my head on my own pillow in my own bed.  What a luxury.  But it can't last too long as the day I return I have a doctors appointment to organise all my follow up blood tests etc....  It will be interesting to see my counts as I have noticed today I have been getting a little short of breath which would indicate that my haemoglobin is dropping.  It would have been artificially boosted by the transfusion I had the day I left hospital but hopefully my stem cells are starting to engraft properly and my red cell count will start to rise naturally.  Until next time, stay well:)


  1. Hi Andrew, don't worry about the Nasea. I had nasea myself going home. I think it's a combination of going through the airport and all the new bacteria and anxiety of worrying if your going to get sick. My arm bothered me for a month after I left. Also, yes that feeling of going home and being in your own bed in wonderful! Just a warning I had to get alot of sleep when I got hope. Sleep and rest help the recovery greatly!

  2. Thanks Nicole, it's comforting to know I am not alone with these symptoms and there nothing to worry about:)