It was a long day, started at 5:30am and returned us to our hotel room at 7:00pm. May I just state here that Dana is a rock-star. She coordinated and managed every detail of this 14 hour day and didn't even get a comfy chair out of it.
First stop was Interventional Radiology where they place the catheter using x-rays and ultrasounds
What a great staff they have! They make sure you are well informed of every step of the process. They even offer to stop informing you of details at any time. They said I was a 12 on a patient scale of 1 through 10. (I am a charmer - however, it's common sense to be nice to people putting things in your jugular)
|cath from my clavicle to my heart|
Once catheter secured I went to the blood center where the harvest takes place.
Rhonda was our nurse for the day and she was lovely.
**if you get woozy over the sight of blood, you may want to skip this post**
|hooked up to my "R2D2"|
|eye patch was a must for a nap|
My catheter was a little leaky forgive the not so delicious view.
I was delighted when an HSCT veteran Michele stopped by. She is here for her 6 month post transplant evaluation. I had followed her story back in Dec-Jan and was excited to finally meet her. She is a beautiful soul....and I was happy to see her healing progress.
When the time came to take the sucker (aka catheter) out Dana knew just what to do. I suddenly felt rubs on my feet and calming words.
|cath up on the pillow-not tiny!|
In the end I collected ten times more than needed. Just extra buddies to aid in the healing.
|plasma (yellow) stemmies (red)|
|happy once it was out|
So grateful to have had Dana here for this phase. She was with me for my first spinal tap, and was able to calm me down dramatically. She is good at the tough medical stuff, and I am lucky to have her for this. Now we can relax and watch a good movie together before she leaves.
|D and I many years ago..before I got sick|
Next few days will be spent resting. I am physically and emotionally beat. This next week is about rest in preparation for admittance to the hospital on July 28th. Once admitted there are 6 days of chemo and other medications, and on Aug 3rd I receive my stem cells back to aid in healing.
I will not leave until sometime mid-August, when my blood counts are safe for me to return home.
If there is anything to report I will add a post. Thanks for the messages, emails, texts. They all make me smile (sometimes a good cry even). Thanks for understanding when I don't reply. You wouldn't believe how much I sleep in a day. It's what I love about having a blog, so you have the latest when I am too tired to respond to an email, text or call.
Your love and support is overwhelming and wonderful....keep it coming.