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Message 1325256 - Posted: 6 Jan 2013, 13:30:27 UTC

Thank you for all the good wishes.

Ang I can almost smell the scent from the flower in that picture.

Meeting Professor Russell the head billy rigs for the Hematology research group in the NHS. He will be discussion the final stages or isolation and stem cell transplant to build a new immune system, so I expect I will hear about the hospital visit 2 to 3 weeks later. Now looks like sometime in February.

My GP pointed up an interesting thing she will need to correct. When the new immune system is working and efficient, I will have no inbuilt immunity to all the things my current immune system knows about. She will need to look through over 65 years of notes to see what vaccinations I need to reinstate that natural immunity.

Very strange, and a complete wipe out back to a blank sheet ...
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Message 1325258 - Posted: 6 Jan 2013, 13:34:27 UTC - in response to Message 1325256.
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Thank you for all the good wishes.

Ang I can almost smell the scent from the flower in that picture.

Meeting Professor Russell the head billy rigs for the Hematology research group in the NHS. He will be discussion the final stages or isolation and stem cell transplant to build a new immune system, so I expect I will hear about the hospital visit 2 to 3 weeks later. Now looks like sometime in February.

My GP pointed up an interesting thing she will need to correct. When the new immune system is working and efficient, I will have no inbuilt immunity to all the things my current immune system knows about. She will need to look through over 65 years of notes to see what vaccinations I need to reinstate that natural immunity.

Very strange, and a complete wipe out back to a blank sheet ...

Wow...
That is pretty amazing to think about. A clean slate is not always a good thing, I guess.
You are charting some very unusual territory, my friend.
I send more kitty karma your way..........
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Message 1325261 - Posted: 6 Jan 2013, 13:36:21 UTC
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Kitty karma received, and mixed with my furball (5 Shih-Tzu) love and help ...


Yes, Mark.

An unexpected journey starting 10 months ago, but an interesting one in the details of what concerns doctors at that time - first, kidney failure, dialysis and getting my kidneys back; second, finding the myeloma and starting it's treatment; third, how effective the combination of chemo drugs were in treating my myeloma; fourthly, the stem cell development, mobilisation and harvesting, resulting in no hair and not needing to shave for weeks; sixth, the next stage of stem cell transplant and a new immune system; and then having to find all the things I need to reacquire immunity against again.

One of the things I know I am immune to now is small pox, for family reasons. I wonder if this will remain?
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Message 1325265 - Posted: 6 Jan 2013, 13:40:09 UTC - in response to Message 1325261.

Kitty karma received, and mixed with my furball (5 Shih-Tzu) love and help ...

LOL.......glad you got the kitty juju.
It is rather powerful stuff, take in small doses to be safe...
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Message 1329480 - Posted: 20 Jan 2013, 17:38:16 UTC

Off for the final treatment, the stem cell transplant, tomorrow.

Had a chat to the Isolation Unit in Nottingham City Hospital, about what they want me to take. That's OK, but I find the Hospetedia facility (wide ranging TV, phone and crude Internet facilities) are not available.

It's several months of PCPro, Diesel Car and Advanced Driving magazines, a terrestrial channel TV and my mobile for company.

This means the planned posting to SETI Cafe, and other project forums planned is now not possible. This means I will be silent until the transplant is complete. Until then I will remain silent, between phone updates to Chris. This assumes the immune system killing chemo is not too bad and I don't react heavily to it.

So, I assume my next post is to all when I am back home in between 2 and 3/4 weeks from tomorrow.
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Message 1329493 - Posted: 20 Jan 2013, 17:58:01 UTC

Thanks for the update John.
Fingers crossed.

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Message 1329498 - Posted: 20 Jan 2013, 18:08:16 UTC

No problem, Mike my friend.

I am sure Chris will keep you all updated in the other place?
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Message 1329536 - Posted: 20 Jan 2013, 19:28:15 UTC - in response to Message 1329493.

Thanks for the update John.
Fingers crossed.



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Message 1329858 - Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 17:30:04 UTC

OK guys, latest update.

John called me this afternoon, and he is in the City Hospital. There has been a delay of some sort, so tonight he will be in what they call the "patient Hotel", before going to the ward tomorrow. As it is basically an isolation ward there is unfortunately no bedside internet, despite what he was led to believe earlier. He has a TV and plenty of reading matter, and his children, and wife will be visiting regularly over the next 2-3 weeks.

John will be in touch with me every 2-3 days via mobile to update me, and I will of course let you know straight away of developments.

Best of luck John, you have all our very best wishes for a full recovery.

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Message 1329862 - Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 17:57:24 UTC

Thanx for keeping us informed, Chris:)
I'll pray for John.
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Message 1329869 - Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 18:07:56 UTC

Thanks Chris.

Thinking of you and your family John. Get home a.s.a.p.!
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Message 1330012 - Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 0:45:32 UTC

We are all pulling for you John!
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Message 1330070 - Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 5:14:12 UTC - in response to Message 1329862.

Thanx for keeping us informed, Chris:)
I'll pray for John.

I, too. And many others, I'm certain.....
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Message 1330115 - Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 10:50:35 UTC

Best of luck John, I will be sending you the good vibes. :-)
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Message 1330182 - Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 16:49:33 UTC

Wot - no internet at his bedside :-(
Whatever did he do to deserve such isolation?

Oh well we will just have to rely on the good offices of Chris to pass our greetings on to John.

All the very best John, praying that you will be back on your feet with a complete immune system very soon.
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Message 1330186 - Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 19:33:46 UTC

Although we're not beside him, we're all there for him.
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Message 1331130 - Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 13:16:58 UTC

Hi Guys,

I hadn't heard any more from John since the last info, so I have just phoned his wife at home. They have destroyed his immune system as planned, and have injected the new stem cells which have all taken. It's just a case now of waiting for them to work to engineer a new immune system. It all sounds very biologically hi-tec, but the news is that he is responding very well so far to the procedures.

I'll keep you updated.

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Message 1331168 - Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 15:58:24 UTC

OK, so medically he's doing fine, but how is his sense of humour?
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Message 1331195 - Posted: 25 Jan 2013, 17:14:12 UTC

Thanx for the update, Chris:) Fingers crossed here...
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