This is what the countdown is like for a stem cell patient. You start out in negative numbers from the time you are admitted and the amount of negative numbers depends on the amount of days the chemo in fusions are set for. For me this was -6 days.
It is day -6 now which means that tomorrow is day "0" for me or my new "birthday"! I will have these cells put back into my body tomorrow (who knows what time!) So, tomorrow is the day that I actually get those stem cells back and they have to get to workin' really hard for me.
On the day of stem cell "harvest" they were able to collect mine in just one day. Their goal is to gather between 2 million and 5 million. Well in that six or seven house span with me hooked up to the machine, they were able to gather 4.7 million!! This was a good day for us.
The Harvest (Stem Cell Collector Machine!)
You can see some blood starting to move through the tubes.
In and Out of my Neo-Star Catheter Line
In and out of the tubes.
The beginning of my little stem cell babies! Much more to go!
Hangin' with the machine (cause I can not do anything otherwise!) I really only got up ONCE in those 6 hours to pee!!! Now if you know me well, that never happens!
Mom waiting and working.
Stem Cell Babies. These were it. You don't know when you leave if you have gathered them all. If I had not I would have had to come back the whole next day and do it all over again to add to them. SO happy I did not have to do that!!
Admitted to the hospital (the next morning when Mom and Zane came to visit)
Checking out my pretty lame view from the window.
Zane testing out some equipment in my room.
Zane jumpin' on the guest bed and Mom clearly needing some exercise. :)
One thing I decided to get for Zane during my trip away for him to have is his very own camera. Just so he can take some pictures of anything he wants while I am not with him or home. This started at a Auntie Lala camera that he sent but we kept having difficulty getting all the parts together and I still felt like it had too many buttons for his little fingers. So I ordered this one and he loves it. It has rubber padding all over it too so it can take a fall.