May 23, 2011 - 9:37 pm
ME. Great news everyone! We got them all today...ONE DAY and actually I am an over-achiever. We needed 2.5 million stem cells per kilogram of my body weight...we GOT 5.14 million per kilogram of my body weight!!!!
To answer Johns questions, it's a big machine (sounds like a giant chemo pump). The trifusion port has 3 lumens/lines coming out of my chest. The first line takes the blood out of me, runs through the machine where it spins it to separate the white blood cells, the red blood cells, the plasma and the stem cells. The machine collects the stem cells and the remainder of the blood comes back into me through one of the other lines.
They said because I am small they were able to filter all the blood in my body 7 times today. She said it looked like they pulled a lot of blood out, but really it's only about a cup at a time.
It took 5 hours. I was sooo ready to leave.
I'm pooped...Thank you all for the prayers.