Day 0 Health Score 75
Today I received my stem cells back. There were five bags to infuse. I was premedicated with 100 mg of hydrocortisol (equivalent to 20 mg of prednisone) and benadryl, This helps to diminish any allergic reaction to the DMSO preservative with the cells. The first and second bags were infused over ten minutes each. I only felt a little heat in the back of my neck. Upon infusing the third bag, the flushing extended through my head and chest and within a minute, I had a nasty ache in my stomach. Within seconds I was returning my lunch to its tray. (No major loss). I immediately felt better. They gave me some Ativan to calm me down and the last two bags went in without further incident.
The hard drive has been formatted and those malicious viruses and Trojan horses should be eradicated. Now the fun begins; rebooting the system. My white count and platelets will drop and I will need blood transfusions. The mouth sores should start next week. They assure me that once the white cell count comes back, I will feel better. I am confident that I will be better.
My gratitude remains insufficient for all the love and support that I feel from all of you. It carries me daily.