I just wanted to post to let everyone know that there's absolutely nothing going on. Our next appointment isn't until Tuesday and it's very early in the morning. If all goes well and my liver enzymes have sufficiently calibrated to normal, or close to, I should be getting admitted to the hospital for round two. I have to admit to being a little anxious about the blasts in my peripheral blood counts. I'd be rather pleased if they disappeared since they really shouldn't be there. It's just the thought that if they continue to go up, that means something distasteful and cancery. No thanks.
I did forget to mention that we ran into Aubry and Kelly while roaming the halls of MDA, waiting for my transfusion on Thursday. For those of you who don't remember, Aubry was a leukemia patient at the same time as me the first time around. If you go way back, you'll see pictures of him roping a tiny brass steer. He had a transplant late last year. The same kind I did and he looks amazing. He's got a bit of skin GvHD that he's contending with and we swapped tips and tricks for dealing with it. It was just really good to see them and hear that he's getting closer to normal and able to do some of the things he loves on his ranch. Kelly's keeping a close eye on him, so I'm sure he won't be getting into any trouble anytime soon.
So, aside from making chili, I'm laying low. I did have an "Aha!" moment today and figured out why everything tastes so weirdly sweet. When I have something with an artificial sweetener in it, it taints every single thing that I eat for the rest of the day. So, I've cut out the fake stuff and have made a few modifications. Everything still tastes weirdly sweet, but not as badly as before. I also can't taste umami, which makes me very sad. I live for it. It's like people who crave salt or sweet. I'm hoping it doesn't last for very long, because until it resolves, everything tastes like sweet library paste.
One last thing. My friend, Susan, is suffering with a mystery illness and it's got her sidelined. She's undergoing the usual battery of tests, but until they figure out what's going on, she could use some positive thoughts and prayers.