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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

XX, XY, that's why... there's you... and me

Blogging Tunes: Grateful Dead - 9/20/91 Boston ("Help>Slip>Fire" show)

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)

(Flowin...)

(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,

-jg

11 comments:

  1. That was an abrupt and nice transition into Fire. Wishing you excellent alchemy my friend!

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  2. Wow, exciting stuff, sending positive thoughts your way!

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  3. Flux capacitor...fluxing...

    Lookin' good - love the smile! Bounce those counts off zero-point-zero and then get them right back up. I've always thought you're more of an O+ than an A+ type of guy anyway.

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  4. i can hear those little stem cells now:

    "woohooooooo! party in jg's bones tonight!"

    "did anyone remember to bring the disco ball?"

    "yeP! -- we did."

    "cool. who said that?"

    "yeP!"

    "no, WHO?"

    "yeP!"

    "i HEARD you say yes. what i want to know is who said it!"

    "no, not YES -- yeP!"

    "OOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH. duh. got it. sorry!"

    "and we hear the deejay's great."

    "oh yeah? who's deejaying?"

    "jg, of course!"

    "hmm.... so he's jaygeeing?"

    ++collective groan++

    "hey -- wanna carpool?"

    "sure! i borrowed my mom's minivan. it seats 5.25 billion if we take out the extra seats and just pile in."

    "shotgun!"

    (the other 5.24 billion): "awwwwww! you always get shotgun!"

    "well, you know, i do have a lap...."

    "whatever. just remember we have to stop on the way to pick up some wings & beer for the party. we're starvin' here."

    "good call!"

    "this is gonna be a helluva first birthday party for this guy."

    "yeah -- it's totally gonna kick ass."

    ;)

    keep kickin' it jg!

    love & light,
    Amanda

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  5. Been beemin' your way all the live long day .. and then some!

    Love,
    jxn

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  6. O yes I'm positive: you are kicking its ass! Happy Birthday! :)

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  7. Glad to hear everything went smoothly buddy- we'll be down at the Keez for some wings in no time!

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  8. Cool stuff. Let me know if your eyes change color or if anything else on your body changes. Happy Birthday! Is it 3/30, 3/31 or both. Sort of a shame that they couldn't wait one more week until 4/6 since then your new birthday would be your old half birthday.

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  9. Coolio.. This is insane. Amazing biology..

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