Ken Ivey
Ken Ivey · Sunday, December 10, 2017
Day Twenty Eight

Another day. Appointment kept, labs okay and levels dropping as expected. Took a bath this morning that expended all of my energy. So I laid around most of the day, trying to keep up with food & liquid intake. Good news is, only 4-5 more days of this before levels are expected to start going back up.

For now, just trying to tread water.

Selena bought some scratch-off tickets at the drugstore before she left yesterday, I think I won enough to pay for laundry. Woohoo!

Good night.

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Ken Ivey · Saturday, December 9, 2017
Day Twenty Seven

Today my counts are continuing to drop as expected, so that’s good. I still have a pretty good appetite, though I’m feeling like NOT eating more than I feel like eating. Trying to keep the protein up though.

Doc saw me today and ran down the list of fun things that could happen, but I won’t repeat them now, we’ll just hope for the best.

Played a few video games before Selena said goodbye - after spending a week here. I’ll miss her, we don’t see each other often enough. We made little icons that resemble us. Mine even has a mask. :)

Had a nice nap this afternoon, watched a James...

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Ken Ivey · Friday, December 8, 2017
Day Twenty Six

Felt a little better this morning after some sleep. Made my appointment, Donna said “boring is good”. I must be good.

Did some walking at WalMart today, took a nap, sat in traffic for a few hours picking up Josh. Tired. Just tired.

Got home at dinner and had a second wind for a bit, playing Mario Cart with Selena, Josh & Krystal. Tired again.

Hopefully Krystal or Selena will chime in. I’m just bushed right now.

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Ken Ivey · Thursday, December 7, 2017
Day Twenty Five

Was dragging a little this morning after a rough night with broken sleep. Selena got me to my appointment and we had some blood drawn, which will be the standard for several days to come. The lab results showed I needed some fluids, so I was put on a 2 hour IV drip. Thankfully, the chair was almost comfortable. :)

My blood counts haven’t bottomed out yet, so I still have a little energy, but doc reminded me again that soon I’ll look really old for a time. I’m thinking that ship has sailed, but we’ll keep snapping pics to compare, lol. It’s likely that at some point I’ll need...

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Ken Ivey · Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Day Twenty Four

Well, here we go. I was released from inpatient status after the transplant since there were no complications or fever from the procedure. The doc did remark that I smelled like sweet corn. I was expecting garlic, as that’s a common side effect of the preservative they add to the frozen stem cells.

My BP is responding well, it had peaked a few days ago and was starting to bother me. Back to decent territory with medicine.

Now I just have to avoid getting any type of infection while my immune system is down. I’m doing my part with lots of hand washing,etc. So far my appetite is still...

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Selena Davis · Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Day Twenty Three

Today was Transplant Day!!! Kenny has passed the baton to me (one of his younger sisters) to post the day's update. We started the day with a quick coffee and then headed to the VA hospital to get settled in for transplant day! There was a changing of the guard (caregiver) as Kenny said goodbye (for a few days) to his son, Josh, before heading home.

Waiting on the door and in the room were symbols of welcome - this place is great!

We arrived for the appointment at 8am and were then told the procedure would not start until 11am.

The transplant (reintroducing half of the 9m stem cells back...

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Ken Ivey · Monday, December 4, 2017
Day Twenty Two

Not too much exciting happening today, it was sort of a rest day but still had to drop in the clinic to get my blood tested. Everything came back as expected, so I continue as planned with the stem cells tomorrow morning. I’ll be admitted to the hospital for this, the whole thing only takes a half hour or so, but they need to monitor me for 24 hours.

Got to check out the laundry room today and did two loads. Cost $7.00, eh, not terrible. Makes me appreciate the laundry machine back home.

I’m bringing my laptop tomorrow so I can work while I’m there, and if I’m up to it, continue with...

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Ken Ivey · Sunday, December 3, 2017
Day Twenty One

Day two of chemo went without issue, more or less. I have felt some pain in my stomach, but it comes and goes.

I think I mentioned ice yesterday - Here’s a picture of me eating ice. For an hour and a half. Again. Glad this part is over.

My sister Krystal accompanied me today, and got to do some work on her computer in between visits by Dr. ‘Chin’. He’s visited me more this morning than the entire time I’ve been here. Coincidence? Hmm.

Krystal had to leave today, but Selena joined us this afternoon. She came bearing gifts that only she could bring. A hand crafted throw that’s...

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Ken Ivey · Saturday, December 2, 2017
Day Twenty

Well, today was the big day. Pretty much went as advertised, got to see the weekend nursing staff as well as one of my doctors before chemotherapy was administered. Nothing new here, which is a good thing.

There are of course several potential nasty side effects from the chemicals, one of which is terrible sores inside the mouth and throat. They mitigate and have had good luck with this by having the patient hold ice in their mouth until melted - 30 minutes prior to, during, and 30 minutes after the procedure. That’s a lot of ice. Boy was my mouth cold! After we were done, I was issued a...

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Ken Ivey · Friday, December 1, 2017
Day Nineteen

Today I got my PICC line, so it makes it easy for the doctors to give medicine and take blood for lab tests. It's better than the central line that was in my neck, but it don't really like it either. Plus, now I can't go swimming. :(

I was surprised that the VA contracts this procedure out. But then, it's better to have it done by someone who does it all of the time I suppose. My line was installed by the always-smiling Natalie (even when she's telling you how this could kill you). Even so, she was very reassuring, confident, and even asked if she could pray over me before beginning. ...

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