This week I saw the oncologist, neural psychiatrist & pulmonologist. Starting at the end, I asked the pulmonologist if I can continue to live alone or do I need to live in a community? He thinks it will take very long, maybe years, but I will continue to improve as long as I do the work. That is all I needed to hear!
So, oncologist: He ok'd me seeing dentist, optometrist, etc and gave me a prescription for antibiotics if I have procedures which could cause bleeding. We then talked about vaccinations. It will take up to five years for me to get all the vaccinations I lost by restarting my immune system. We will start in September, 6 months after transplant. More at a year & so on. Some take several steps. I hate shots!! He said some do hurt, I thought I remembered that from childhood!
Neural psychiatrist: We mostly changed drugs. I complained that sleeping pill didn't work. We changed it & the next day my dry mouth was gone. Added bonus!
Pulmonologist: My tests showed I have stable lung volumes (inhale/exhale same as before aspiration) but decreased ability to absorb oxygen. This can improve over time but I was a smoker so there are consequences. Doesn't seem aspiration did too much harm. Yay! He did give me an inhaler to use before exercise. He also said I can try sleeping without oxygen at night & if not tired nor headaches I can turn my concentrator in! I have not used oxygen during the day for over a week.
So, my next appointments are either the same as you (dentist) or months away. I see no specialists again until October. I survived! Thank each of you for sticking with me. We can still talk, visit, text, email or write but I am just a regular girl again! Hopefully Seahawk games by October!
Love and am indebted to each of you!