Today is exactly 9 weeks since my transplant.  Now that I’m 9 weeks out, my appointments at the hospital will decrease significantly.  Since my transplant I’ve had labs twice a week, clinic once a week, 5 anti-rejection infusion treatments via an i.v, 9 bronchoscopies, 2 ct scans and 2 spirometry tests.

At clinic today the doctor told me that I will now have labs once a week until my 6 month mark, clinic once a month and bronchoscopies every 3 months.  I’ve also been checking my blood sugar 4 times a day (well.. when I remember), and now I can reduce it to just once a day.  Yay!  The less needles being poked in me the better.

Tomorrow I have another bronchoscopy, and they’ll be checking my vocal cords for damage while they’re in there.  The doctor referred me to an ENT to have a swallowing test, which needs to be scheduled.  They think my coughing fits have to do with vocal cord damage.  We shall see… I can’t wait until the coughing goes away.

This evening, for exercise, I decided to go to the library to renew my library card.  We took the N Judah to the library and walked home.  I walked just a wee bit over a mile.  The difference in stamina since just a few weeks ago is amazing.

To quote from the library’s website: “Last May, the Library, in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, held a children’s library card art contest based on the theme “My Library.”  A winner from each category—preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school—was selected in July, and the winning designs have been incorporated into the library cards and are available to all patrons—adult and children.”

I chose the design drawn by a 4th grader: