You received healthy blood stem cells. They will work to grow healthy bone marrow and healthy blood cells. It will take about 6 months for the body to make enough new blood cells. Until then, you have a higher risk of infection. Here are some steps that can help.
To prevent infection, wash your hands often. Do this especially:
Other steps to reduce the risk of infection are:
To prevent infections or sores in your mouth:
When possible, others in your house should check their vaccine status.
You may not feel like eating. Try smaller, more frequent meals. Supplement drinks may be needed until you feel better. During recovery:
You may feel tired. Balance activity and rest. Increase activity as you feel able. Also:
You may need to avoid certain medicine. Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) make it easier to bleed. Follow your care team's advice before taking any medicine, including over-the-counter medicine.
Medicine may be needed to help your body accept the new cells.
When taking medicine:
It is common to feel anxious or isolated during recovery. Talk to your care team about your concerns. Stay in touch with friends and family. A support group may also help.
You will be in close contact with your care team. Regular tests will help to guide your treatment plan. Be sure to go to any advised appointments.
Call your doctor if you are having problems managing your condition or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD