Happy Birthday Ron…. December 7th, 2011
Day Double Zero – Transplant Day… 2nd Try
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! The whole staff cheered as the last of my stem cells were reintroduced into my body. Very, cool, I thought. It made sense. The old Ron was being rebooted and the new Ron lay ahead. Even cooler then that was the actual date, Dec 7, 2011.. the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor….70 years ago, this attack not only rebooted the US Navy but the entire country as well. Years ago, my son’s politically correct 1st grade teacher sent an assignment home for the kids to pick their “Favorite December Holiday” and make something and bring to class to be part of a display. I showed the December calendar to my son and asked him to pick a holiday. As luck would have it, he picked December 7th. You can imagine the looks on peoples faces as the rest of the class came in with Christmas Trees and Dradels and my son comes in with a homemade model of the USS Arizona. Funny how things work out sometimes..
Well the transplant day started off much like the day before. A nice shower, followed by a good dose of medication. The atmosphere was slightly more stressful then the day before. We had enough fun on Day 0… didn’t need a repeat on Day Double 0. My nurse for the day was Erica. She had never actually been my nurse but I knew her from the chemo part of the process where you needed 2 nurses to confirm that the correct chemo was being hung. Erica was great. Her job that morning was to be the official lemon holder. Im not exactly she what the deal was with the lemons but the preservative used with the stem cells has a bit of an odor and the lemon helped offset the smell. Im not sure about the smell part but it was nice having her there. In addition to her, all the member of the A Team(my nickname) were there as well as my wife and friend..
Just as I was just about at my emotional wits end, the Stem Cells arrived. Drum roll……. as serious as the moment might have been, I couldn’t help but break out laughing. A very serious looking nurse/NP/Doctor shows up with what looks like a Dim Sum cart. On one side was something that looked like a fondue dish with a thermometer and the other side… a $5 Igloo Cooler. All this technology came down to something I could have bought in a 7/11 on my way to the hospital.
Well… the process from there was as easy as they said it would be. I had 2 bags of cells, frozen in the Igloo. One at a time, the bags were \brought over to the warmer and thawed. The thawed cells were injected though one of the new tubes, installed the previous day. It was all over in no time. The moment the last of the cells were injected, the room cheered Happy Birthday… Wow
I don’t remember much more of the day. My wife told me I zonked out and looked like I was going to sleep for a month. I didn’t sleep a month but did wake up later in the afternoon.. me and my new cells. I guess I was still pretty zonked because I didn’t even realize that my wife had left for the day, and had not just gone to the store.
I didn’t sleep much but that didn’t matter. I was sort of getting used to it. I was looking forward to the next day. The was supposed to clear sun was supposed to be shining through my new new window.
Happy Birthday, I thought to myself… it felt pretty good