Day -8

Day -8

Today I woke up with my spasticity back. I spoke to the doctor and he told me that this process of recovery is with a lot of ups and downs. I’ve been getting my shots every 12 hours, and it has made me very tired all day. This next few days there aren’t going to be many updates on procedures, I will just keep you updated on any progress that I feel.

Day -9

Day -9

Today I wrote about the entire procedure I am going through. Please click here to read about it. Just readjng the first paragraph will help you understand what is happening.

Today, I felt a difference in the spasticity (stretching on their own) of my legs. It was quite incredible. This allowed me to move with more ease. This is because the chemotherapy killed the T cells that cause inflammation.

I am really excited about this procedure. It has only been a few days, and I’m already feeling the effects.

 

 

Day -10. Chemotherapy II

Day -10. Chemotherapy II

I woke up this morning at 5 AM with hick ups. I could not go to back to sleep because the hick ups would not stop. Later in the day I found out that this is a side effect of the chemo therapy.

We arrived at the clinic at 8 AM, and the chemotherapy lasted until 1 PM. It can get boring, but today I felt better than yesterday. The hick ups continue…

Day -11. Chemotherapy I

Day -11. Chemotherapy I

Today’s post will be short, as I am very tired.

In the morning I met with three doctors reviewing my results from blood draw, EKG, chest x-ray, and the meeting with the neurologist. Essentially the doctor in charge wanted to make sure that it was OK for the treatment to begin.

At 1 PM, we started chemotherapy. This lasted for 5 hours! I was sitting on a very comfortable recliner. Fortunately Colombia was playing an important soccer game and that kept us entertained. I really don’t have any side effects from the chemo therapy, except being tired after.

Tomorrow I have another 5 hours of chemotherapy at 8 AM.

The healing has begun!

First Day. Day -12

First Day. Day -12

HSCT Treatment

Today was the first day of a 30 day treatment. Day -12. This is simply counting the days until the stem cell transplant, Day 0 will be the day of the transplant,

Woke up at 5 AM, anxious to begin. The nurse arrived at my apartment to do my first blood work. This is the base for future blood tests. She took 7 vials of blood, and did some poking on my left ear.

Later we went to a hotel where we had the formal introduction to the program. I was very impressed with what Dr. Ruiz had to say about the HSCT treatment. If I was convinced that I needed to do this treatment before coming here, after this presentation I am even more convinced.

After the presentation we started all the preliminary medical exams. All these exams occurred today:

  • Chest x-ray.
  • Espirometria. An exam where I had to blow into a pipe to measure the strength of my lungs.
  • EKG, and consultation with the cardiologist. He said my heart was perfect.
  • Neurologist consultation, and surprise, surprise, he told me I have MS.

It was a very long, exhaustive day.

Tomorrow I get to have a consultation with Dr. Ruiz himself. Then at 1pm I get my first round of chemotherapy. This is supposed to last for 5 hours!

Arrival at Puebla

Arrival at Puebla

Woke up Friday morning at 6:30 AM very excited to start my healing process. The flight to Mexico City left at 3 PM. I am traveling with my team of angels: Catalina, my girlfriend, Michael and my mom. We arrived in Mexico around 4pm (local time). We were picked up by the van of Clinica Ruiz and departed towards Puebla, where I am going to have the treatment. The ride was supposed to last 2 hours, but it took us 4, thanks to the extreme traffic leaving Mexico City.

When we arrived at Puebla, we were pleasantly surprised by the city. It is a modern city with lots of American stores. We were exhausted after a very long day of traveling. We proceeded to have dinner, which Mexican food never disappoints.

Saturday, after breakfast, we decided to go visit the sites of Puebla. We hired a local guide, and he proceeded to take us to where a UFO landed 250 years ago. We really were not expecting much, but what we found was even worse.

After this disappointment, we went to a local restaurant: “La Sagrada Familia”. Here we got to experience Aztec dance. I enjoyed watching this, and the energy that was produced by these Indians was intense. The food of the restaurant was also excellent.

Our last stop was at a famous church in Cholula. This church was built on a hilltop, but years later, due to a collapse, they realized that the church had been built on the ruins of a pyramid!

Tomorrow we move to the apartments of the clinic. Monday will be the introduction to the team of doctors, and to the treatment. My next updates will be focused more on the medical aspects.