Today is DAY ZERO. That means that I received my stem cell/bone marrow transplant today. It is simple, entertainment-wise, really a non-event. The infusion itself only lasts a couple of hours. An nasty looking brownish-red IV bag of the donor's cells are simply fed into my bloodstream and they somehow know where to go and what to do. Of course this last part takes months, and lots of weird things are the result, such as graft-versus-host disease (not good), and the need to take all my childhood immunizations again after a year. But in the meantime, I have no real working immune system, which means that the next few weeks will be unpleasant and fairly dangerous.
The folks here at UCSF have done a good job of mitigating side effects, or else I am just lucky, but I have made it through the first week relatively intact. Occasional nausea and considerable fatigue are manageable so far but the chemo-induced brain fog is debilitating and the accumulation of fluid weight (1-2 pounds per day) makes me unrecognizable and uncomfortable. I have no illusions about next week though, and it is predicted to be the week straight from hell. We'll see, and I will let you know.