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Author Archives: ron

Breakout – Dec 23 2011 – Merry Christmas

Thursday night was probably the longest night I spent at the hospital. I had been cleared for discharge on Friday by the “A Team”, earlier that day but a lot could happen between now and then. I took care of what was within my control. As much as I wasn’t into walking “Laps”, I knew … Continue reading »

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Down the Rabbit Hole – Post Transplant Day – to Day 11

Once the excitement of my new birthday had passed and everyone had returned to whatever it is that they were doing I was left with plenty of time to think about what had just happened and what was going to happen in the future. I understood the “theory”. For all practicable purposes the good doctors … Continue reading »

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Day Double Zero – Transplant Day

     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 … Continue reading »

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Day 7 – Transplant day…. almost

This sure doesn’t look like a stem cell transplant To me this was day 7. To the hospital transplant team it was Day Zero, Transplant Day. This day had been pre-billed as pretty “anti-climatic”.  My day started with the regular Nurse Practitioner checking in, the nurses aid, taking vital signs and a new nurse team.  … Continue reading »

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Day 6 – The Submarine Surfaces

Day 6 – Escape from the Conning Tower Day 6 in transplant talk is “Rest Day”.. the day prior to having my stem cells put back into my body. To me, this day meant one more day to get out of the submarine conning tower and into a room with a view.  By 630PM, a … Continue reading »

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Main Event – Day 2-5

MSKCC 835 Prepares to Dive Main Event – Days 2-5 As you might have guesses, Day 2 started back in Day 1 with a 6AM wake up call for vital signs and to hop on the scale followed by a visit by nurse practitioner and the physician team. I knew from firsts light that it … Continue reading »

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The Main Event – Day 1

 First Lap Around the Unit The Main Event – Day 1 First off, in transplant talk it’s really Day minus 6, because there are 6 days of Chemo and a day of rest before the actual stem cell transplant. That day is Day 0 and all the days after that are plus days. I’m a … Continue reading »

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The Stem Cell Collection

Collecting 5 Million Stems Cells… the Old Fashioned Way   Road to a Stem Cell Transplant – The Stem Cell Collection Sorry for getting sidetracked from the story but I had to get to the stem cell collection part of the story while it was still really fresh in my mind. If you remember back … Continue reading »

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Road to a Stem Cell Transplant – Part 3

  The Waiting Room at the Infusion Center Road to a Stem Cell Transplant – Pt 3 Tuesday came about soon enough. For the first time in the process, I was a little apprehensive. After check-in I took a seat in the huge waiting room. The first step was to get blood drawn followed up … Continue reading »

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Road to a Stem Cell Transplant – Part 2

Another Commute on the MNR527     Road to a Stem Cell Transplant – Part 2 My trip to the city each day is usually an interesting event. There are about 10 of us who ride the same train together, talking mainly sports, the stock market or politics. While there are ten regulars there are … Continue reading »

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