Let me back track a more than a week… Got a call from the infusion center at P/SL about the counts and how many stem-cells we harvested. The doctors told me that we need a minimum of 2 million to do the transplant. 5 million is recommended and we harvested 9.4 million. It takes 2-4 days for most people to get the recommended number of cells and I was able to do in in one sitting. I was hooked up to that machine for 5 hours. So I think that was great news and i didn’t have to go back for another sitting. Which was great. I think that was the most surreal part of the process so far. The noise was weird and watching my blood go through this machine and get processed is crazy. Glad that I didn’t have to do that again!
So day 0 approaches. Im a bit scared. Not about the procedure, but at this point I cant help but think of the what if’s! Confidence is high but there is just a lot to think about. Will the grafting work? The thoughts go through your head especially since confidence was so high after the first twelve rounds of chemo to kill it off. Hodgkin’s is a persistent bastard. Is it cause for concern? No! I know im in good hands and everything that I have herd is the outcomes of this transplant are amazing. Odds are very good!