January 2020 – A week of tests

This week I will undergo my 2-year post Bone Marrow Transplant testing at Peter Mac.  This involves the following:

  • 14 Different blood tests
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Bone Density Scan
  • Lung Function Test
  • Dental Check
  • Gated Blood Pool Scan

And in addition I will also have the following with external specialists:

  • Dermatology Checkup
  • Optometry Checkup
  • Physiotherapy Checkup

The results will not be available until the end of January and I will report these with my last Blog in February.

I have been feeling very well over the past few months and expect that all tests will go well – although I do remember Amit Khot’s answer when questioned what the outcome of my treatment would be.  He said “we can only apply the latest thinking and practice and in general this leads to a positive outcome, but please remember we are dealing with biology so to some extent it is unpredictable”.

Confident on one hand and non-committal on the other!

I thought I would post the results of my blood tests over the past two years.  As you can see they were very much up and down in the period immediately post my BMT but have generally settled in recent times.  The slight hiccups are due to being placed back on steroids from time to time to combat GVHD.

Blood Graphs

Over the Christmas Period

We had a great time at Mollymook with my sister Fiona and brother and law, Michael, Georgie, Oscar, our kids and all the grandparents Helen&Allen and Helen&Hugh.


Claire headed off with Toby and other friends skiing in Japan after Christmas

Visitors over Christmas included:

  • Darren and Cathy Wallace, Maddy and Ben
  • Lachy and friends, Fi, Milly, Hanna and Marney.
Lachy and his mates stayed with us on their way to complete the Three Capes Walk before Xmas
  • Andrew and Bev Irvine
Bev and Andy Irvine made a visit and we sampled some great Tasmanian Whisky
  • John and Sandy Hawkins
  • Dougall and Celia, Charlie Youngman and girlfriend Becky.


A little Whisky tasting with Dougz, Cat and Ian at the Fannys Bay distillery on the North Coast of Tassie.
  • Brian Northcote and friend Julie


My sister Fiona ran a short “Orthography” training program at Xmas to show us what she does in her professional life. Helen Helen and Jan were star students!