Saturday, September 6, 2008

Live Blogging (Day -0)

7:30 AM: Cells are late from the airport. No word on what's going on.

8:00 AM: Still no sign of the cells and no word on what is happening.

8:30 AM: Ann is awake and manages to eat some breakfast. Nurse checks on the marrow for me. Still no word.

9:10 AM: Nurse came in to tell us that the cells have just arrived at MDA from the airport. She is going to check on when the cell lab will be done with them. She said the marrow bag is unusually large.

9:30 AM: Ann takes a shower. She's worried the pre-meds will have her knocked out for the rest of the day. Nurse let me know that the transplant is estimated to happen at 10:00 or 11:00 AM now.

10:00 AM: Nothing yet. Lots of activity out around the nursing station.

10:35 AM: Pre-meds just started. Nurse says that the target is now 11:00 AM. I'm trying very, very hard not think about the shelf-life of the cells or how long they have been in transit.

10:45 AM: Benadryl is starting to make Ann loopy.

11:00 AM: Activity outside has died down. Looks like its not happening at 11 either.

11:04 AM: IV team is here to check on Ann's catheter. The one they put in last week for the transplant has been showing very light slow bleeding.

11:10 AM: As usual the IV team doesn’t want to do anything (they never do) and suggested that we change the dressing more often than once a week. As if we weren't doing that already.

11:15 AM: Peeked out in the hall. Dr. Andersson and the transplant team are all assembled at the the nursing station near our room going over papers.

11:30 AM: Marrow is here!

11:45 AM: Bag is hung and dripping. Pictures later


Lea Morrison said...

Go Cells Go!!!

Thinking of you both as the healthy new cells find their new home!

Joe.Karen said...

Praying for you...

PJ said...

Here's to the new you!

Susan C said...

7:30 am to 11:45 am: Those must have been the longest four hours in history! I'm so relieved to hear that the cells are now surging through Ann's body.

Happy Birthday, Ann!

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear Ann,
Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!

Here's to new beginnings. Here's to a great big new birthday, one you'll celebrate for the more than half a century!!! Here's to the new marrow setting up shop and loving their new home!!! Congratulations!
Love you Both... I Couldn't more hopeful and happier for you. XOXOXO Nancy

Kim said...

Woohoo - congratulations on a new beginning!!!! You don't know me, but I have been reading your blog and keeping up with your story recently, I found it on another blog I was reading. I had AML this year and was treated with chemo, etc. so I can relate to what you are going through. I did not have to have a BMT, just 5 months of Chemo and am now in remission.

I am very thankful that you are getting this transplant and I wish you the best - you story is very inspiring.

** SAVE MICHELLE ** said...

hip hip hooray! Hang in there!

Ronni Gordon said...

What a great post! What great pajamas! Love the photos and love the smile. Love that big bag of cells.
Go cells go!
Happy birthday!

Susan C said...

Hi, Just checked in again and thrilled to see that the infusion is complete.

Yes - cute PJs and cuter Ann.

I'm so happy I could cry!

Anonymous said...

hoping, praying and cheering you on! happy, happy birthday to you!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ann and Chris!!!

Glenna Lee

Tina said...

i don't know why, but i just imagined the marrow cells to be clear or yellow-ey or white-ish gel. learn something new everyday.

so glad to hear infusion went smoothly. can't wait to see you soon!!