Covid vaccines after stem cell transplant

Absolutely wonderful news @Summertime, @Summertime you deserve to celebrate.

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Hi all, I had a covid antibody test a month after my autologous stem cell transplant in August. The specialist didn’t really know if I would have any antibodies after the transplant but doubted any protection would be left. The results were then lost until my appointment today. :confounded: After being very worried about contracting covid waiting for revaccination I found out that I had a ‘decent amount’ of covid antibodies a month after the transplant. Not sure if this is the same for everyone but thought I would share it as it is very worrying when you have to wait 100 days for your first covid revaccination and a further 8 wks for your second. In the meantime being bombarded with ‘have your vaccine and the only people in hospital are unvaccinated’.
P.s 2nd covid vaccine today, finally won the battle with the gp surgery. :clap::clap:

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Hi @Lyn99 yes, it would have given you a lot of peace of mind to know your antibody result an awful lot sooner and not to have to battle to get your 2nd vaccine today.
Now relax and look after yourself.

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Amazing that you have some antibodies after your stem cell transplant, @Lyn99. And hopefully many more from your 2nd covid jab. Great stuff!

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Hi @Fullofbeans, felt quite rough yesterday after 2nd phizer jab so my body is definitely cranking up those antibodies :grinning:

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Hope it wears off and you feel better soon, @Lyn99. Yep, crank out those lovely antibodies! I hear you develop more if you eat chocolate cake. ; )

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I’m in the same boat as you @Lyn99 . I had my 4th dose on bank holiday Monday and haven’t been completely right since but just starting to feel more human again. I might venture out into town tomorrow for the first time for a while!

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Enjoy that trip out, I think @Fullofbeans is right about the cake, I reckon gin and tonic is good too :roll_eyes:

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Gosh, @Fullofbeans and @Lyn99 oh, choccy cake, I must have a lot of super dooper antibodies then !!!

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A bit off subject but has any one noticed an increase in facial hair🙈

Wearing a mask all the time, not wearing makeup and not seeing my girls (who always point out things like this to me!). I haven’t really looked in the mirror much.

Anyway I noticed my eyebrows were getting a bit bushy so though I would give them a tidy. I have a little magnified mirror I use. Well, I couldn’t believe my eyes! Nose hair, tosh, beard :hear_no_evil::see_no_evil:. I came d/stairs said to hubby have you seen my face , he said yes but didn’t like to say anything.
Omg I have had a pluck and a little wax but still lots there. How strange that ny head is bald but face is growing all this extra hair🤷🏻‍♀️.
I think it might be the ciclosporin. Does anyone else have this issue?
Thank god for masks :mask:

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Oh @Summertime a rush for the mirror here and I have had a good old peer at my chops and face.
As you know I have not had a Stem cell transplant but wondered if the mask wearing thing for so long might produce some growth of unwanted hair. I have to say I have probably not had a good peer for many a month.
I can report no change here and panic over.
Yes masks certainly cover a multitude of sins and imperfections.
I await others research.

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@Summertime, haven’t noticed anything worse than before the transplant. I have a x20 mirror which is brilliant at exposing all extra hair although a bit of a shock when I first started using it but good for removal purposes.

It sounds a bit odd but I find peach fuzz an issue but I read that it’s ok to occasionally shave your face and it also removes dead cells, seems to work fine. It’s trendy to have big eyebrows so that’s a positive!

I just had a quick look for ciclisporin side effects and it does say increased hair growth. Should get good head hair soon mine is pretty slow so could be ok🤞xx

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Hi @Summertime, Ciclosporin can indeed increase facial hair. As you reduce your ciclosporin doses down (and eventually stop) the growth will reduce and you will feel much more like yourself again. Take care Gemma

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I forgot to add, there is this great charity called ‘Look Good Feel Better’ than can really help with making time for your body image particularly after cancer treatment: About Us - Look Good Feel Better : Look Good Feel Better Gemma

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Yes, @Summertime! I became a bit of a gorilla for a short while there. I think the fine hairs on your face have a growing spurt before the thicker head hair manages to make much of an appearance. Possibly it’s the contrast with baldness that exaggerates the facial hair growth, because I don’t seem to be noticing it so much now (but maybe I’ve stopped looking and I’m still a gorilla, and my husband daren’t say!)
I’ve now also got a fine head of chemo curls. Like a 70s bobble perm. Delightful. The nurses at my hospital sing, ‘The sun will come out, tomorrow!’ when they see me. It took me a while to realise exactly what they were singing and why, because they were laughing so much. : )

Ah, just read Gemma’s reply. The dreaded Cyclosporin!

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@Fullofbeans Honestly, as if we haven’t got enough to put up with.
I love the sound of the 70s bobble perm- will look forward to that:))
I have a few stray hairs on my head :))
xx

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