I did, however, have a good visit at the clinic on Thursday. Having not had a transfusion since Monday, I had 18 platelets, which was good for me. I got a bag anyway, because 18 (thousand) is not exactly high, and there was a bag of closely matched platelets ready for me, specially donated by one of several people (including my sister).
The big news is that my latest chimerism report came back, and I remain 100 percent donor. That was a relief. While I was getting my platelets, Dr. Alyea stopped by and said I would soon be able to reduce my clinic visits to twice a week, and, he hoped, once a week not too long after that.
I have an appointment tomorrow, when I will again ask about the cough and the intestinal problems and continuing lack of appetite. Since they haven't found anything serious, they are not too worried.
I did get a prescription for Marinol, which is supposed to decrease nausea and increase appetite. Also known as THC, the drug is a man-made form of the active natural substance in marijuana. "Some people say it makes them a little silly," Melissa said.
So I was going to get high and then get the munchies?It sounded promising to me. When I took it Friday night I thought I did feel something different. But over the weekend I felt it just added to my general lack of energy, plus I threw up anyway shortly after I took it. Oh well.
I managed to get home again this weekend, which was nice as usual. On Friday, my friend Barry kindly drove to Newton from Western Massachusetts and took me back to South Hadley. Joe drove me back to Diane's today.