Stem Cell Harvest!

We woke up at 4 am to get to the city by 6 for my cath placement. I expected this to be an easy one and done thing, but it ended up being an hour of being uncomfortable and getting many lidocaine shots in my neck. When I left the room it was still very sore, but it’s a tube in my neck so of course it’s not going to feel great. 

I went to the blood center right after having it placed. They did some blood work to check platelettes and come up with a prediction for how many stem cells I would get. My platelettes were actually pretty high- and I was expected to harvest 30 million stemmies!

 I watched two movies on Netflix and  I had filled half a bag of stem cells. The machine takes your blood from the vascath, filters out stem cells, and gives your blood back to you, it was amazing to watch. 

I was just unhooked from the machine and my nurse checked my platelettes which still looked good. Now we’re just waiting to see how many stem cells I collected before we take out the catheter (so excited to get this thing out of my neck).

** update almost 24 million stem cells!

One thought on “Stem Cell Harvest!

  1. Cheering you on, praying for you, in awe of how brave you are. You got this this baby girl. Love you to pieces!!!’❤️💋❤️💋 Christine

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