Well, it's done. I now have approximately 5.25 billion new cells from my anonymous "O+" donor. Sorry to disappoint those looking for a story that might make you faint, the process was incredibly simple -- a glorified blood transfusion.
Yup, the donor just gets some blood-cell stimulating injections, then blood is collected via normal methods -- e.g. "prick in the arm." Somehow, they get all the contents of the blood to separate, they extract the stem cells, and give the rest back to the donor.
I get the stem cells, and they somehow know how to seek out my bones and get themselves in there. Wild, huh? Here are some pics so you can get an idea.
(The stem cells come in a cooler, just like craw fish)
(Blood close up)
(Sharyn lookin' at the stem cells)
(The Birthday Boy)
So that's really it for now. My counts are still going to drop because of the cheno, and once they are down to zero, we'll start with the Neupogen shots again to get the counts back up. This time, it'll be cells produced from my new marrow! The doctors will obviously monitor for all sorts of stuff, and even if things are going smoothly, there are risks of all kinds of side-effects and other complications.
Thanks again for all the love, light, and support. It's working! I'll keep you all posted.
I will kick its ass,