It’s here! Transplant day. And I can’t stop thinking about my donor.
If you remember, my donor is a 19 year-old woman from who-knows-where in the U.S. That’s all I know about her demographics, except that she’s got the perfect DNA line-up for me. We’ll have to wait to see if her good DNA carries over to her hair follicles.
All she knows about me is that I’m a 24-year old woman from the U.S. with MDS and am in “urgent need” of a donor.
How selfless is this girl? A complete stranger who has made herself available for a sleuth of blood tests, a physical – and not to mention the procedure itself. And not just for me, but for anyone who comes to Be The Match in search of a lifesaver.
I’m already obsessing about the day we may meet. Be The Match keeps our identities secret from each other until after a year, at which time they connect us if we’re both game. I’m convinced we would be kindred spirits.
We just got word that the bag o’ marrow is set to arrive in Rochester on the 9:05 p.m. plane. From there, it will go downtown to Mayo Clinic to process. Because my donor and I are different blood types (I’ll be moving from O+ – A+), they need to shed her red blood cells from the marrow so that I don’t have a reaction.
After that, it’s a simple four-hour procedure right in my hospital room, much like a blood transfusion. It’s fairly anti-climactic, just another drip-drop bag going in, but this one, this one has the good stuff.
Thank you too for all your comments, notes, and support over the last few weeks. I couldn’t do it without you. I’ve now reached beyond 20,000 visits to my blog, so I know you’re out there. And something you might find fun: I can see the terms people have Googled that lead to my blog. Among the best?
– “The redhead from the 5 hour energy commercial”
– “How do I sell an IV pole in Massachusetts?”
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