What Does All This DAY Counting Mean?

After an autologous stem cell transplant (means you donate your own stem cells for the transplant) the first 100 Days after the transplant are when most complications might arise. I have none of my previous immunities to anything and have to be careful not to “catch a bug” during my recovery. My transplant center at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) requires that I stay in the area for 100 Days after my transplant which was done on September 13, 2011. This way, if a complication were to occur, I’d be able to return to UCH quickly. After 100 Days, I can return home to Mackay, Idaho. However, recovery of ones immunity after a stem cell transplant generally takes between 6 months to 1 year. At some point, I will have to get my childhood immunization again.

Now to complicate my DAY counting – I may require a 2nd or tandem autologous stem cell transplant in mid-November 2011. I am having a bone marrow biopsy tomorrow, November 2, 2011 and when the results are back in 1 week on November 9, 2011, the decision will be made if a 2nd transplant will be warranted. If I need the 2nd transplant, then my 100 DAY counting would begin anew on the day of the 2nd transplant which begins the counting again