Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Apheresis day - Stem cell collection

Today was a really good day, on several levels. Let me explain in a video summary and also provide a couple of pictures. Bottom line. . . collected 2.4 x 10E6 CD 34+ stem cells per kg body weight, enough for the transplant/infusion procedure. . . . . .

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These are Frau Sandra Kraeker, Frau Renate and Doctor Hundemer. They are not only technically outstanding people, but they are also really terrific human beings. They have such a good relationship with each other that they can add some joviality that enhances not only thier efficiency, but also thier efectiveness in the apheresis ward. I am glad to know that they will not be far away during my in-patient stay. I hope they will visit us to our home the next time they come to California. They will always be welcome. . . .



Here I am after geting the input & output lines inserted for the 4 hour apheresis process. Tried not to fall asleep in the chair. It was very cumfy! (click to enlarge). . . .


While begining apheresis. . . .

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