Thursday, August 7, 2008

"Take the long way home" Supetramp

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Dont leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door

The Beatles

Good news. Infact, fantastic news. Engraftment is progressing. Slowly, but surely in the right direction. Go donor, go!

At day 30+ , my neutrophils are 28% donor, my monos 40%,  and my B cells 34% . Those were all 0% donor 2 weeks ago. The T cells have stay roughly stable going from 66% to 62% donor, not a significant move.

What this means is that it will be a long winding road to full engraftment. It also means that I can not rely on any table or article or another's experience to map out my mileposts. I am on my own path. I am movin' and a' groovin' at my own downtempo pace. Those guidelines are not based on my gentle conditioning and my resilient bone marrow. I may be listening to a different drummer, but believe you me, I am steadily marching to the promised land of good health with no CLL. I may take my own sweet time getting there, but the inevitable bumps are much gentler when you going slow. I remember also that there may be less GVH with this mixed chimerism. 

I can live with this. I can live a very long time with this. Did not the tortoise win the race?


Blogger Howard said...

The Tortoise did indeed win the race. As you will too. The heading under my photo albums says "Take the Long Road Home." Our musical tastes are the same. Our heritage is the same. Our kids are probably about the same age. Sounds like all good news from the sunbelt. Keep on truckin. Howard

August 8, 2008 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Judy Cleri said...

Dear Dr. K,

How awesome....what wonnderful news......and didn't you always beat to your own drum? Why should things be different now?

I am so thrilled with the'll be back 100% or is it new 100% before you know it.



August 8, 2008 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Fantastic news on your new beginning. You are on your way to a life without the beast and will soon be a distant memory. Go donor marrow go.

August 8, 2008 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Ron Peers said...

Dr. K,
Since you turned me on to Tony Hillerman stories several years back, I have been collecting CD's and tapes.
Would you be interested in having them?
Ron Peers

August 8, 2008 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Nishida said...

Hello Dr. Koffman,
What a blessing with the good news!
It has been great to read all that has been happening with you. "G-d" is really watching over you and may He continue to bless you and your family! Lena Nishida

August 9, 2008 at 10:41 AM  

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