September 14, 2006 , Day 35
Greetings! I had another checkup at the hospital today. Everything is going fine.
Bob, my brother is here and has started the donation process. He is being given shots that stimulate the production of stem cells. This will continue until Monday, when he will start the actual harvesting of stem cells. This is done on a machine called an apheresis machine. This machine will take his blood, seperate stem cells from the rest, and return the blood to him. Kind of like magic. We have been enjoying his company.
My last day for antibiotics will be Sunday. My next checkup will be on Monday. While I am at the hospital on Monday, I will be getting a CT Scan to ensure that the pneumonia is gone.
Yesterday at the hospital I did the required pulmonary tests, and got another echocardiogram. I have firm visual evidence that I do have a heart. I don't care what you say. It is quite amazing to watch blood flowing into the left ventrical from the left atrium, and then watching it go out via the aorta. It all happens so quickly too!
The biopsy results indicated less than 3% blasts, which indicates complete remission, at this point. Apparently 3% blasts is about normal for healthy people, so this is really positive news.
The doctor said I will probably start the pre-transplant chemo at the end of next week, or the start of the following week. As the schedule solidifies, I will keep you advised.
I have lab results from yesterday. Check out those Platelets! They are solidly in the normal range.
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Menchie and Ted
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