Apheresis and Melphalan

Olin, Monica and Geraldine in Apheresis

Olin, Monica and Geraldine in Apheresis

Okay, so do you guys remember the magic number of stem cells that I needed to collect for my two stem cell transplants? If you don’t its okay, I am sure that I given you so much info to process its hard to remember the magic number. Well, the magic number was 10 million stem cells. This number was the crazy goal. They would have settled for 8 million, but they really wanted 10 million. I guess the higher the number, the better the results. I know that I am rambling here, and you really just want to know that number of stem cells that I alone (with the help of Neupogen) harvested. 10.5 million stem cells in 3 days! How awesome is that? I was really shocked and excited at the same time about my numbers.

The apheresis process started on Black Friday where I was hooked up to an apheresis machine for 6 hours. This was a very long day and I was glad when that day was over. There was some concern regarding my number of platelets…

(Geraldine stopped this post here, she had it saved as a draft. A followup will be posted by Malcom.)

2 Responses to “Apheresis and Melphalan”

  1. 1 Harvey Lynch December 7, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Hello Geraldine,

    Good for you; 10.5 million is 5% better than “market expectations”. The stock market people like that kind of performance! This should increase your share value. I’ll bet you could have done more if pressed. Well, yes, I suppose that lying there connected to a machine for 6 hours was not fun. I do see that by the side of your bed you have (a) di-hydrogen oxide, (b) Tums, and (c) a special hospital tool designed for inserting the chemicals into your body as needed. Tool (c) is even reusable!

    Seriously, I am very happy to hear that you passed this goal comfortably, so that you can move on to the next step in beating this cancer. As always, all of us out here in web land are rooting for you, and you are going to make it!



  2. 2 Emily and Monica December 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Monica and I were so pround of you!

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