This morning @ 11:00 AM will be Day 0 for my Stem Cell Transplant. It is like being born again. The next 7-8 days will not be gentle to me as the new baby cells grow and split into adult cells trying to replace the current old adult cells or fill the void left by older adult cells that have reach the end of their life span. All this is associated with pain and discomfort for the first week before it gets better. During the first week after day 0, I will be monitored very closely. Many blood test and medication adjustments, some by IV, others via pills.
The transplant started a few minutes after 11:00 due to the preparation were late. Dianne arrived just in time for it. Her delay was due to heavy traffic and accidents along the way. Ray was also able to watch via FaceTime the first few minutes before we had transmission problems from all the equipment in the recording equipment.
The transplant went very smoothly. I received 4 bags for my 8 bags of stem cells. They arrived in a deep frozen stage, got defrosted and then by IV returned to my system. The whole process lasted 1 1/2 hours.
After the transfer I had lunch with Dianne, walked afterwards and had a shower. Dianne left for home shortly before dinner to beat the traffic, it still took her 2 1/2 hours. I started to doze of after she left, guess it was a bit much for me.
I do remember when dinner came and I ate it, I also went for another walk, this time I rounded the course 4 times. All in all we had a good day. In a few minutes I will be awoken again since the shift change is coming up and everyone comes in to introduce themselves. When the team came they had a surprise, a cup cake that served as birthday cake. Every staff member was present singing happy birthday. That was very nice.
That’s it for today. I am starting to doze off again.