Man or mouse?

Posted by @ 10:44 pm on Tuesday 6th August, 2019.

Most people get the EBV when they are young and have few, if any, effects. It doesn't go away, it just sits there doing nothing bad. I've no doubt that I am one of those people.

The problem is that having a stem-cell transplant can leave you open to reactivation of the virus at a time when resistance is low.

So it's no surprise that, after a couple of weeks of having mildly-raised EBV markers (less than 1000, then 2239), on Monday (T+96 days) the marker count was through the roof at >45000 and I was diagnosed with Glandular Fever. With my returning facial hair and swollen neck-glands I look like a rather strange hamster.

Rituximab is the weapon of choice so I had my first of at least three weekly infusions of the stuff yesterday. It's not the most pleasant of cures.

Nearly made it to the T+100 days milestone without a major infection. I would "chin up" if it didn't hurt so much to do so. Ah well. As Matthias said, "Could be worse".

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