It has been almost a month since my second "birthday" with my new stem cells. I continue to feel good and am expanding my activities every day. On Patriots Day we went to Plum Island and walked along the beach. It was almost 90 degrees, and the beach was crowded, almost like the middle of summer! My diet has expanded to include take-out pizzas, and we have even been out to eat at restaurants twice. Of course, I have been careful not to eat any raw salads or vegetables, and I make sure everything is well cooked. I can't wait to have a medium rare steak again!
Another good sign is I think my hair is starting to grow back again! I can feel a little peach fuzz on my head. I sure hope that fills in soon. I don't particularly like my Yul Brynner/Telly Sevalis/Bruce Willis bald look. The only problem is...what am I going to do with all these hats? I'll need to hold a garage sale for used hats.
I don't have to go back to Dana Farber for another two weeks. Yippee! I hope that by then my blood test numbers will have improved enough for me to resume more normal activities. Until then, I will try to be careful to eat right and avoid crowds. The toughest thing for me is not working in the yard, especially this time of year. Gretchen will have to mow the lawn (which needs it now). The rest of it, such as edging, mulching, trimming, etc., will have to wait until next year, or at least until the fall. Sigh!