This is my second day in the chair—blue recliner, actually—at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Infusion Center.
The COBE Spectra next to me is running my blood through a centrifuge to separate its various components and skim off the peripheral stem cells—2,300,000 during my 5-hour stint yesterday. Another day like that and I can go home tonight as the goal is around 5 million cells.
By the time I’m done, my entire blood supply—exactly five liters in my case—will have been out of my body and through the machine a dozen times. My collected stem cells will be frozen until I come back on June 7 to prep for my transplant.
It will take about 10 hours to collect the cells but only about 15 minutes to put them back into my bone marrow. I thought they would have to be screened once more for cancer but that isn’t the case. I’m a “GO” for the whole enchilada.