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Published 24 July 2016

Healing fast! (Day +8)

Yesterday’s blood test came back with a white blood cell count of 4000, which means I’m no longer neutropenic. ????  Wow. That was fast!  I was one of only two people of fifteen who grew out of neutropenia so fast.

Frankly, I was a little worried because my stem cell harvest was on the low end of what people had reported; one Aussie harvested two and a half times what I did. However, Dr. Priesca said the harvest amount seems to be unimportant, as long as you reach a million per kilogram, which I easily cleared.

So, now no more face masks are required when Gwen and I leave the apartment; although, I will still be wearing one on the plane ride home on Saturday, and when I’m in crowded places, like an airport.

Gwen is feeding me a lot of protein. I need to put on a good 10-20 lbs before I start looking healthy again. Steak for dinner and again for lunch today.

Pain levels have been about typical for me, or maybe a little improvement. They were better right after chemo. I’m optimistic that they will continue to improve.

Important Timeframes

  • My Stem Cell Transplant Date: June 5th, 2016
  • Treatment duration: 4 weeks
  • Typical onset of disability reversal: +9 months
  • Typical complete recovery from procedure: +1 to +2 years
  • Typical maximum reversal of disability: +2 years


I am not a doctor. I am a scientist (engineer) who has had MS since March 2013.

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