Ken Ivey
Day Eleven - Thanksgiving

I napped on & off throughout the day, I think there must be something in the stem cell collection process that zaps your energy. Still slept through the night too. It's so good to be back home, if only for a few days.

It'd be appropriate to list a few of the things I'm thankful for this year, so here goes:

  • Jesus Christ. I think you know how much I depend on Him. 'nuff said. (but if you need details, please let me know)
  • Robin. What is the value of a Godly woman? Well, it's beyond measure. She saved me this year, in more ways than one. Men, when you find a good woman - treasure her. I...
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Day Ten

Travel day. We left Nashville at 4 am and arrived home at 3 pm. We were blessed to have very little traffic, at least until Milwaukee. Picked up the mail we had on hold at the post office and unloaded a few things from the car.

All of our animals survived, thanks to our neighbors who tag-teamed on care while we were gone. Google and Cheenut were very happy to see us, and I immediately had company for the remainder of the evening. :)

We were both pretty tired, so we went to bed about 8 pm.

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Day Nine

the final results are in for phase 1. The folks on the transplant team were all excited due to the high count of stem cells collected. They took some more labs and they also came back good, so they pulled out that annoying neck line. And that made me happy!

After patching up my neck, I was given my walking papers until next week.

As much as I’d have loved to just hit the road, I was extremely tired so we decided to rest up a bit and head to Wisconsin early in the morning. It’ll be good to see Google and Cheenut, and recover a minute or two before Phase II. Looking forward to seeing...

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Day Eight

Sometimes, you just don't know what might happen.

Today I was scheduled to get my 'line' in the neck so make the collection process easier. It was rather uneventful but I do not like it one bit, as evidenced in the image below.

Robin & I had no longer gotten back to the room when I received a phone call. Apparently my lab results were so good that they wanted to start the collection process right away. Everybody there seemed pretty excited about it, so we returned to the VA and they plugged me in.

Several hours later we'd collected approximately 9 million stem cells, about 2.5 million over...

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Day Seven

After a good night's sleep, woke and made my appointment this morning. Still had to pry open doors at main entrance of the VA hospital. Alternatively, I could have followed the sign's instructions to walk around the building to the emergency entrance. I'm a rebel. Robin stayed at the parking lot to gather more acorns that were freed by last night's storm.

Got my shots, then Robin & I went grocery shopping. Found a nice Kroger downtown, then dropped off the stuff at our room, then headed out for a nice Sunday drive through downtown and the surrounding area. Got to see the Parthenon,...

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Day Six

Day two of shots went well, almost no traffic at the VA. In fact, had to pry the sliding doors open at the main entrance just to get in. Weird.

On the way out, Robin found some tiny acorns she can use in her artwork and jewelry.

Got a good nap in, then spent most of the afternoon watching movies. Feeling alright most of the time, but have some periods of significant pain. Only two more days of shots. :)

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Day Five

Meant to do this last night but was really tired. Didn't really sleep well, so now I'm really, really tired. Uggh.

Got my first set of shots yesterday, didn't really bother me much but I did feel warm last night. Temp is normal.

Gonna run downstairs to see if I can catch breakfast. Might update more later, just tired now.

  Ken Ivey
Day Four

Most of the results of the previous days’ tests are in. Looks like this transplant will be moving forward.

Donna, our Nurse Practitioner that the VA lured away from Vanderbilt’s transplant program, spent a good hour going over the procedures, side effects, benefits, etc., and answered our questions. So tomorrow I begin the series of injections that will make me produce an over abundance of stem cells from bone marrow. Sounds like a good time. One of the drawbacks is that this may produce bone pain. Well, it’s been no stranger to me - it’s been pretty constant since this whole thing...

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