It’s common to need to go back to hospital, particularly in the first weeks and months after a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. This doesn’t mean that your transplant hasn’t worked – it’s quite common to have some glitches and challenging times while you recover.
Reasons for going back in are varied but the chances of developing problems become lower as time goes on and your immune system recovers. Your transplant team will be monitoring you and will tell you what side effects, signs and symptoms to look out for.
It’s natural to feel frightened, down or frustrated about this. Find out more about looking after your emotions during and after a stem cell transplant.
‘When I was recovering from pneumonia, I was in and out of hospital all the time. I was feeling particularly down one day when I received a letter from my donor. It gave me a real boost and was just so uplifting. I hope that I’ll get to meet him one day.’
Read more about Peter’s experiences of recovery in his blog
There are times when you may need specialist care on a high-dependency or intensive care unit (ICU or ITU). These units offer essential care, support and close observation if you become very unwell. Staff on these units are trained in using special equipment, machines and medications to monitor and treat your condition.
This can be a frightening and challenging time for you and your family. But the people looking after you during your stay will work very hard to make sure that you settle in as quickly and smoothly as possible. And you can talk to your team about any concerns you might have.