Sneaky Virus Attack

I’ve experienced a sneaky virus attack, not the virtual kind but the organic type. I have been heir to viral infections since my transplant. It started Tuesday morning then progressed rapidly. Temperatures approaching 103 followed by drenching sweats – “diaphoresis” we nurses call it. Every part of my body hurt – I’d say 7-8 on the 10 point scale. I’ve been sleeping since Tuesday night, trying not to move. I started on Tamilfu. My temperature is now below 100. I thought I would write this short post to explain my absence and the absence of Guest Posts this week. Hopefully I’ll be back on my regular blogging schedule soon.


About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.


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