I have just got back from the hospital following my second routine bone marrow sample.
It was fine, didn't hurt and is not sore at all. We were hoping to film it today but were unable to get it organised in time.
I wanted to show people that it's not a scary procedure and hoped that it might get more people thinking about bone marrow donation.
As I said before in previous posts 70% of bone marrow donation is now very similar to giving blood. Sometimes a bone marrow harvest - where it is taken from the back of the hip under a general anaesthetic - is still preferred.
What I had today with a local anaesthetic only involves one needle and a small sample is taken. The harvest uses more needles but is otherwise very similar.
Anyway, this time I'm really confident that the leukaemia won't have returned.
The chronic Graft versus Host Disease c(GvHD) has now become the main concern. Even though it is attacking my own body it should also be fighting off any residual cancer.
There will still be a two week wait to ensure both the Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and the weird chronic form I had are still in remission.
This time though I'm feeling much better about the cancer.
If it's come back this time then fair play to it!
I need to focus on the cGvHD. My hands sometimes feel hot as do my feet - both are signs that the problem persists at some level inside me.
The steroids need to be reduced as quickly as the doctors can too. My knees have started to hurt and these drugs can do long-term damage to your joints.
I've made the best of the good side-effects of the steds like being able to eat and drink again. If I'm being positive they've come at a tremendous time with all these awards nights.
I've pushed it quite a bit and loved every second of it - I don't even get hangovers!
I have also used them to try and put some muscle back on my previously emaciated frame too.
The dose was a whopping 165mg a day. Now they have been reduced to 60mg - which is still pretty high.
I am already feeling a bit more tired and there can be difficult mental side-effects coming off these drugs.
Regarding the photopheresis treatment at Rotherham we will know if that's working when the dose is dropped to about 40-50mg a day.
If it's not, all the nasty symptoms will flare up again.
By that timetable I reckon I've got another two weeks of feeling OK before crunch time.
Just hope I'm feeling good for Christmas.
In the meantime I have started working from home. The Examiner has been excellent to me and we have sorted out remote access so I can resume my role as 'digital journalist' in between my stints at hospital.
This means I am effectively editing the Examiner's website and doing bits of reporting too.
So if the site is looking terrible or a story you were in has not appeared then you know who to blame.
It's not the life I would have chosen and I have no idea what lies around the corner so planning anything is impossible.
But I've got my head round that and accepted it.
Now I just have to try and play out the cack hand I've been dealt in the best possible way.