Day 0

Today was the day I got my stem cells back. It was rough, let me tell ya. I guess the stem cells are really pretty thick, and the preservative they keep them in can cause some pretty strange side effects. Continue reading

Day -2

With transplants, Day 0 is the day you receive your stem cells, and then you count up from there.

We got down here to San An around 9 last night. We didn’t go to the store, we were too tired. Today, we were at the hospital at 8am, and got “home” around 4 or so. LONG day! Continue reading

SCT 101

Okay, for those of you waiting in suspense to learn why my stem cell transplant doesn’t really sound like a transplant (in that I will be getting my own stem cells back after chemo), here is a quick run-down on why they do it this way and how it works. 
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Stem Cell Collection & Stuff

So, it’s been almost a week since I last posted. This isn’t a result of me feeling bad, but rather me just being a little lazy. The Quinton Catheter (neck catheter) was not fun to have inserted, or to “wear” for a couple of days, but it was not, by a long shot, the worst thing I’ve been through. Continue reading

Neupogen Day 4 + Neck Catheter

I got my 4th neupogen injection this morning. My pelvis and legs and lower back are pretty achey, so it’s definitely working. Dad told me they were a little concerned at first because I said I wasn’t hurting that much (the pain means it’s working). Continue reading

Counting Down to Transplant

Things have more or less continued on an even keel since I last wrote. Now, however, as my Stem Cell Transplant (STC) approaches, everything seems to have kicked up a notch into overdrive. Continue reading

Putting on the War Paint

Well, a lot has (and a lot hasn’t) happened since I last wrote. We met with the oncologist (he comes highly recommended), and got a clearer picture of what’s going on. Continue reading