Started the stem cell mobilization process today. For the next 4 days, we go to Cedars every morning for a quick blood check and a shot. The shot is supposed to boost my white blood cell count. Today it took an hour and a half to get to Cedars and we were there for 30 minutes. Starting Sunday we'll be staying up there. Monday morning, I get a new perm a cath installed, then a shot and then we start collecting stem cells. It ought to take 3-5 days. The goal is to collect 10 million stem cells for freezing. Each night next week I also have to go in to for a different shot...a growth inducer to help me produce more stem cells. Once we're done collecting, the perm a cath comes out. This cath will be into my neck, so I'll be sure to get some photos.
Tomorrow is also Berenson. Hopefully he's happy with latest results, and hopefully he'll calm my anxiety over my delayed chemo. Phan says it should be ok, but I'm still nervous about it. I want to keep blasting the myeloma and not give it any chance to rebound. Leslie talked to Zoller the kidney doc today. I won't be seeing her till after new years, but she saw my latest labs and was pleased with the kidney improvement.
Here's what I am missing right now....Baileys. I love Baileys at this time of year, it's the perfect holiday drink. But no alcohol for me. So instead it's water, apple juice, and cranberry juice.
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