Mike Sullivan Cancer Battle Round 2
Good morning everyone, rise and shine!!
Today may be just another day for you but not for me!!! Today is transplant Tuesday in my world!! I feel overly nervous, tired, and excited about this procedure today. I tossed and turned all night. Not too sure if that was from the chemo yesterday, the crappy bed, anxiousness, the steroids they gave me last night, or just a mixture of a everything. Regardless, I'm ready to get this done and begin my reboot!
God has answered so many prayers thus far and I have no doubt He will continue to. Yesterday, I was told that if everything goes smoothly today, I'll be released from the hospital tomorrow. Not only me getting the early release tomorrow, but someone canceled their stay at the Hope Lodge which freed up a spot for us! This was my first choice of outpatient stay because it's within walking distance from Moffit and I will get extra CLEAN care. I was told that it was full all the way up until yesterday afternoon. This is awesome because I will be having appointments everyday until I'm told I can go home and it makes everything easier! Oh, and the stay is free!!
I can be here at the Hope Lodge from 10, up to 30 days post transplant. This will all depend on how my body reacts. I was told that since I have children and my doctor's overly strictness, it may be closer to the 30 days. The fear is that I could get sick and being that my immune system will essentially be gone, there could be fatal consequences.
However, if my counts return to normal very quickly and I keep up the hard work with walking and moving around, I think it'll be closer to 2 more weeks (hopefully). I don't want to get my hopes up too much and be let down but I am super determined!
I hope everyone enjoys their day! I'm grateful to have so much support from you all. Everyone's words, prayers, and good vibes have been extremely refreshing for me during this time.
Love to all!!
From Mike: Good morning everyone! I just wanted to give an update on my situation here in Tampa.
Today is called (-2) for my transplant procedure here at Moffit. I arrived on Wednesday last week which is what they called Day (-6). I immediately started chemo that night at 10pm and have been getting the same chemo at 10am and again at 10pm every day since. Tomorrow is Day (-1) and will be my last day of chemo which is a different kind that I've been receiving. This chemo will be much stronger and is supposed to knock my socks off for the next week.
Despite of this chemo, it is exciting that we are approaching Day (0) which is Tuesday. This day will be the actual transplant day! That will be the day that they inject my stem cells that they previously collected back into my body. From there, the only thing left is recovery! They originally wanted to keep me here until Day (+11) due to my immune system being so low. However, all of my numbers are looking fantastic thus far and they're already mentioning an early discharge! I think they are beginning to realize that I am an over achiever.
Even if they do release me from the hospital earlier than expected, I'm still required to stay near by and be on very strict circumstances. I will need a 24 hour caregiver during this time until the doctor feels that I'm safe to go home. Thanks to my retired mom - Debi Clarke Sullivan, I'll be in good hands.
I'm limited to what I can do here and where I can go. I'm aloud to walk around outside of my room but only have a small horseshoe shaped area on thus floor. I'm fortunate enough to be able to keep walking as much as I have since I'm handling this chemo so well! If I can keep it up, there is no reason why I won't be home earlier than expected! I'm missing my family as anyone could imagine so getting home ahead of the scheduled time is a huge goal for me!
I'll try and give more updates when I can and want to thank everyone for the continued prayers and kind thoughts!
We all greatly appreciate the donations that have come in as well as the continued prayers. The battle is not over so keep them coming!