Tuesday, November 25, 2008

From Mike: Transplant Complete

The transplant was started at 10:50am this morning and ended at 11:35am. The cord blood arrived in a large syringe. I was surprised how little blood is actually used. In fact, because of the small amount of cord blood cells, many adults don't have the option of using cord blood. Because Dawn is so little she was able to use it and she's the first adult here at MUSC to get a cord blood transplant. It's done frequently on the pediatric side.


Life saving cord blood

The process of the transplant is very simple. A new line was hooked into her central line and a pump began pumping saline through the line. There is a "T" connector halfway down the line where the cord blood syringe attaches. A small valve allows the cord blood to enter the line. The nurse pushes a small amount of the cord blood into the line and the saline pushes it down the line and into her blood stream. The nurse continues to do this in small doses until the syringe is empty. The actual infusion took about 30 minutes. They take her vitals about every 5-10 minutes during the process. A bone marrow transplant itself is a pretty simple process. The preparation and the effects it has on the body however isn't.


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PLAY VIDEO: You can see the nurse push a small dose of cord blood into the line


Nurse Jill did the transplant



A few interesting facts about the process: Dawn's blood type is currently A negative, the cord donor was A positive, so Dawn will also become A positive. I told her she's going from an A- to an A+. Also, the cord blood was labeled as collected on April 16, 2003 so this cord blood came from somebody who's five years old. Speaking of birthdays, the nurses here sent Dawn a cake to celebrate her "new birthday".


Somebody can't spell "Wishes" LOL

10 Comments:

Maria G @ Sea said...

congrats dawn! best wishes & happy new birfday!
lots of love
maria

Heather M said...

Yippee!!! Thanks for the post Mike. Its absolutely wonderful news that everything went smoothly. Big hugs to everyone there - including the fabulous nurses.

Anonymous said...

What a great Thanksgiving gift! We have gathered prayer from everywhere including "The Happy Hunters". You probably don't know them but they have prayed for people all over the world and seen many miracles. I, for one, am so thankful and will continue to pray to the great one who has the healing in His hands, Jesus, even when He uses doctors. I know you have to be very tired, Christy but take a moment to just rest and rejoice. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Thank you Mike for the great updates. Aunt Gloria

Claudia Ingram said...

Just want you to know we continue to think of you often throughout the day - and you, too, Steve and Christy! This blog is a wonderful way to keep us informed. Is there a mailing address you can share with us for the hospital or home?
Hugs to all,
Claudia and Bob

hockeychic said...

This is such good news!

Best wishes and a Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Anonymous said...

KEEP PADDLING DAWN.... I've got A+ blood too, so now we must related, right, Sista!?... Thanks for the posts Mike... You're doing a heck of a job keeping us posted and managing there as well...
LB

Anonymous said...

DAWN, I AM SO GLAD IT IS OVER, YOU HAVE HAD A REALLY HARD TIME. YOU HAVE NOT BEEN OUT OF OUR MINDS AND WE ARE PULLING FOR YOU LIKE CRAZY. THE NEXT FEW WEEKS ARE GOING TO BE VERY HARD STEVE SAYS, SO JUST TAKE IT A MINUTE AT A TIME.I CAN STILL SEE YOUR BIG EYES LOOKING UP AT ME WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL WHEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU. BLESS MIKE FOR TAKING THE TIME TO EXPLAIN IT ALL. KEEP YOUR CHIN UP AS HGH AS YOU CAN AND WE ARE PRAYING AS HARD AS WE CAN THAT YOUR SYSTEM WILL LOVE THIS BLOOD LIKE IT WAS YOUR OWN. TAKE CARE, HONEY. GRANDMA GREEN

Steve said...

Best Wishs :) Love you Dawn, i wish i could be there with you and Mom and Dad and Mike for Thanksgiving. I didnt talk to you today but i heard you in the background. You sounded so good, it really put me in good spirits.
Love you very much

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, I just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you in Wilmore.
Jim Owens

Julie said...

though I'm usually just a silent follower of the blog, I saw that awesome cake and just wanted to let you know that you're the proud owner of a "cake wreck." http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/search/label/Mithspellings
hope that link brings some laughter to your day.

Dawn, your smile inspires me to smile through the "toughest" parts of my day. I hope this is the beginning of an awesome new chapter for you and Mike.

Julie Landa
(from CBS and Paris '07)