Post Stem Cell Transplant – Day 15

Today I was discharged! In the morning I met with doctors, then I met with the Pharmacy technician. I was given a pillbox with 7 different prescriptions, 5 required and 2 as-needed. I realized when I took a selfie that my face had darkened a few shades, as if I spent the last 3 weeks at the beach. I feel good today. There are a couple of treatment-related issues that I’m dealing with. My taste is starting to return, unfortunately it is the metal taste that so many people describe. It is almost like everything is soaked in old coffee, so when I eat food I get the texture of the food but the slight coffee taste. The other issue that I have is with some skin sensitivity, especially in my hands. The palms of my hands have darkened, and are very rough and very sensitive to touch and heat. In an unfortunate turn, I also have sensitivity in my scrotum, which has me walking like a cowboy sometimes. All of these issues are relatively minor, but hopefully they clear up soon.

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I am a cancer survivor and 2018 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year Candidate. I reside in Southfield, Michigan with my wife and two kids.

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