Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Nitty Gritty
The transplant procedure yesterday afternoon could not have gone better! There were 6 - 8 doctors and nurses in the room, and Mark was hooked up to various monitors to check his heart, blood pressure, etc. during the 90 minute infusion. In order to be as gentle as possible with the stem cells, they were infused into Mark's central line with a hand held syringe. So a nurse was sloooowly pushing and refilling this syringe for 90 minutes! (I couldn't help but think of how tired my hand gets after 2-3 minutes of whipping egg whites or whipped cream by hand...)
Mark was carefully watched for any adverse side effects and there was a shelf full of medications at the ready, if needed. But none were needed. Mark was wearing his Superman Tshirt, after all. One of the odd side effects of the DSMO used to preserve the stem cells is a distinctive odor, - like creamed corn (think "grade school cafeteria"). It was a bit unpleasant, but not bad. The process was a little tense, and after it was over and all the team members had congratulated Mark and left the room, Mark and I were exhausted and took a nap.
Mark is a little tired today, but still doing great, and so am I. Thanks for all the love and support; it means more than you can know.
Hugs -- Julie