Morning, all! Down in the infusion center here at 18th and Williams in Denver for the 2nd day of the homecoming for my little white cells. Just sitting here getting a bag of fluids before they march the 2nd set of my BFFs up my chest and into my superior vena cava, so I thought I would share some birthday photos from yesterday.
Pre-party activities start with getting the warming bath going:
The party starts when the delivery service rolls in the super-cooled bathtub with my cells:
Put on the big gloves, dive in and pull out some super-cooled Geo blood:
Next, they give me this:
While the blood is warming up, get the plumbing prepped for the actual transfer operation:
And it goes in - and I barf. Instantly. Well, maybe not instantly, but < 60 seconds from the start. Ah, well. But out of it you get to wear a cute little dishrag on your head:
Through it all, of course, Susan is here to cheer me on, defend my interests and kick ass as required:
The whole procedure goes pretty quickly - probably < an hour for the transplant. And at the end of it, I have more healthy blood cells then when I started:
So, hope you enjoyed the tour! It was a good day, only tempered by the fact that I was definitely feeling a bit beat up from getting 18 doses of chemo last week. I suspect that I'll be feeling intermittently yucky for the next week or so while my body heals from the chemo. But along with that healing I will be getting my immune system reset which is super exciting!