Now the stem wells will migrate into the bone marrow and start making the red cells, white cells and platelets that my body needs. I'll be extremely low on cells for awhile, thanks to the high dose chemo I've had all week, but the doctors are watching me like hawks. They can give me red blood transfusions, platelet transfusions and Neupogen (I think) to stimulate white cell growth as needed.
They gave me Ativan to calm me down, some anti-nausea pills that I absolutely hate because they knock me out and make me feel loopy the rest of the day and some other stuff. I slept most of the afternoon after the transplant.
There were about 8 people in my room for the transplant, with a big tank that held the frozen stem cells. The doctor would take one bag out and thaw it in a bowl of water, a nurse would attach it to the pump, and in it would go. When it was infused, my face felt flushed and I'd get a funny, bumpy feeling in my stomach. I did throw up once, but I think it was because I was a little nauseous and they kept taking my temperature. When they put the thermometer in my mouth, up-chuck! It only happened once, though. They were also taking other vitals every 5 minutes. My BP went up, but I think it was more the stress of so many people in here than anything else.
The stuff they mix with the stem cells has a funny smell. One of the night nurses said she knew as soon as she came on the floor that a stem cell transplant was done today. Some people think it smells like garlic, but Kelly said it smells like soup. Funny, huh? :o) Anyway, I'm probably smelling a little bit funky right now, but I don't really notice it.
Ron and Kelly both came over tonight. Ron brought rice and beans that Cyrise had made and sent for me. They were so delicious! Thank you, sweet Cyrise! We had dinner in the family room kitchen, then watched TV for a bit, and talked, in the family room. It was pleasant to spend time with my honeys, and get out of the room for awhile.
Kelly brought me some bags of different kinds of tea. I'll enjoy having those with my breakfast. She's so thoughtful and sweet. Ron left around 8:45 to go home and take care of the puppies.
Kelly stayed until close to 9, and went walking with me. We walked 5 times around the ward, which is 1/4 mile. I try to walk it 4 times a day, which is a mile, but don't always have time to do it. Today I walked 3/4 of a mile.
Well, that's been my day. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, dear ones! I can never thank you enough for all you do for me.