Christmas tree in the house post stem cell transplant
My husband is day +38 post bone marrow transplant. We've been advised to avoid flowers and plants in the house due to risk from spores. Does anyone know if this applies to real cut Christmas trees? Thank you.
My name is Hayley and I am the nurse specialist in the patient experience team, thank you for posting on the forum. I am not sure if having a real Christmas tree would be a problem, it is not something I have been asked before and I am sure that there are no hard and fast rules for this. I would say that it is fine but I would suggest that you discuss this with your husbands transplant team to get their opinion as they are the ones giving you advice on his post transplant care.
I am sorry that I cant be more helpful but please feel free to post on here or contact us if you have any more questions or concerns
I wish your husband well in his recovery.
I'm a new community champion. I had a cord blood stem cell transplant in late October 2013. We had a real, cut Christmas tree that year - it never occurred to us that it would be a problem but we weren't warned against flowers either and I was given lots of those when I came out of hospital! If you check with your husband's transplant team, I do hope you get the go ahead but have a lovely Christmas regardless of the type of tree you have!
With best wishes to both of you,
That's really useful to know, particularly for those who are also in the early days post transplant. I do recall being told to avoid gardening and cutting the grass whilst I was recovering and was lucky enough that my boys helped out doing that for me till I was able.
I guess the problem is that with anything grown outside there is a risk of mould, fungus and fungal spores being brought into the home which would present a risk to your husband, so I can understand the advice your husbands team has given you.
I had my transplant just after Christmas in 2013 so that Christmas was very low key in our house as I was feeling quite ill due to the chemo I'd had pre-transplant. Hopefully your husband will be recovered enough to enjoy this Christmas and even though you can't have a real tree there are some good looking artificial ones out there and perhaps a scented candle will help bring the smell of Christmas into your home.
Either way enjoy Christmas, you both have every reason to celebrate.