Cristy, like so many others who have been through a dangerous health journey and came out on the other side, explains how her current wellness contributed to her failure to do something she must do to maintain and sustain her health after her stem cell translplant.
You see, on March 21, 2014, I celebrated 3 years post-transplant. And life has been good to me since returning home from Turkey in 2011. In the beginning I was still seeing my quarterback, Dr. Uramoto, once a month for check-up appointments, lab work, and general physical exams. I would go for my lab work, usually a day or two prior to our appointments, and Dr. Uramoto would review the results with me during my office visit. I would then scan and email PDFs copies to Dr. Gulbas (my other quarterback and leader of my transplant team) in Turkey. Both doctors would review the results and let me know if there were any reasons to be concerned. For the most part, all of my lab work (blood and urine) were always on track with recovery from a peripheral stem cell transplant. It took well over a year before my red blood cell count was back in the normal range, but it happened and I progressed as well as could be expected. Occasionally, well more frequently than any of us wanted, I would get an infection of some sort. What helped in making sure I nipped these infections in the bud was my regularly scheduled lab work.
I have standing orders at the local diagnostic lab. I have had these standing orders since 2007. That’s right, 2007, a very long time when it comes to being sick. Prior to my transplant, I went through a period of time where my labs were drawn every two weeks. So it was easy for me to remember to get the labs done, it was just a part of the routine prior to each office visit with my quarterback.