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Receiving my second platelet transfusion.
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I tested positive for covid in November and ended up in the hospital for a couple weeks. Not necessarily for covid but what it exposed. When they admitted me to the hospital, they took a blood test and discovered my platelets and red blood cells were “shredded” as the doctor described it. I ended up having 4 blood transfusions in the hospital. I have had 2 units of blood and 2 units of platelets in the past week or so, I have another blood transfusion in the morning. They did a bone marrow biopsy, and I got the results of that this morning. I have been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) with excessive blasts (High Risk). My doctor has put in a urgent referral to University of Washington and now we wait for an appointment. My doctor said her job now will be to monitor my blood and schedule me for transfusions as needed. Not sure where this will lead but prayers and good thoughts are welcome.
I would like to add how important it is to donate blood. Right now, they are keeping me alive with transfusions. Please donate blood thru the Red Cross is you are able. Someone’s life is depending on it.

Another week another infusion

Posted on: January 8, 2022

I appreciate each and everyone of you who have pledged to donate blood.
Midweek i received another transfusion of blood and platelets at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The last time I got both blood and platelets it kept me going for a full week before i needed a transfusion. We are testing that combination to see if that will work to limit my time in the infusion center.

Working with my doctor at SCCA we have a plan and are moving forward with our treatment plan. The rest of this month is appointments to make sure I am healthy enough to get started. I have an EKG and another bone marrow biopsy scheduled next week. As always prayers and good thoughts are appreciated and welcome.

Thanks again,
Mark

Happy New Year!

Posted on: December 31, 2021

Just wanted to tell you all Happy New Year .
I have a 7:30 appointment at the infusion center on New Year’s Day to get tested and see if in need another transfusion. I can tell from my energy level that I will probably get at least another unit of blood. My last transfusion was on Christmas morning and I received one unit of platelets and one of blood. That combination seemed to work well for me as it’s kept me going for a full week. Happy about that.
I had my first appointment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance this week. I met my doctor and they took a bunch of blood to start the process. They also took blood to start donor matching process. They said it takes about 4 weeks to process my blood to start the search. Three of my siblings will get tested to see if they are a match. This will be a long haul until I am at the point they can actually do the stem cell transplant as part of my treatment. Stem cell transplant and bone marrow transplant are equivalent terms. I appreciate your support and good thoughts and prayers are welcome. Lets hope 2022 is a year of health and healing for everyone.
Happy New Year!

I have an appointment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance today!

Posted on: December 28, 2021

Seattle is in the midst of a snow and cold event. We have 8 inches of snow at the house and temps are in the 20’s. SCCA called me yesterday and said they had a cancellation and would I be able to make the appointment today. I said yes. We will be trekking to Seattle soon to have out first appointment with the SCCA Doctor. Excited and nervous at the same time. It will be comforting to finally have a treatment plan.
I spent The Morning of Christmas Day at the infusion center getting a unit of platelets and a unit of blood.
I came home to a house full of kids and grandkids. The day was perfect.

Thanks for your support and donations of blood.

Mark

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