Just to let you all know that my lovely sister who as you know selflessly stepped up and offered her precious stem cells to me is getting back on top form. . To donate she opted for 4 days of evening injections in her tum by district nurse which I thought sounded eye watering. . The injections make the stem cells spill over into your bloodstream. Then she came into Manc Royal on 5th day and was hooked up to machine both arms which kind of recycles the blood by taking it from one arm, spins off the life giving Stem cells returning the blood back to you in the other arm. . Wow.
She was very tired for a good few days after, , and felt weakened by the procedure so had to take it easy and listen to her body. But I'm pleased to say she has been back to work these past few days and seems to be fully recovered. She is a teaching assistant with responsibility for special needs students so needs to be on her toes.
It strikes me that being a donor is like being a bridesmaid and not the bride in a way. . You're in the limelight and the centre of attention then after you do 'your bit' you step back and go on with your usual life, this seems especially true in unrelated donor cases. There is also a psychological aspect to being a sibling donor in that I think my sister feels some responsibility for a successful outcome and won't be reassured until my counts fire up. . This is in spite of the fact we have no control over it, I am dependent on drug therapy to give me the best chance. So I just want to acknowledge the on going part my sister has in my transplant. And maybe help to inform for anyone considering a future transplant option.
If anyone has any questions about any aspect physical, mental, of the process just message me via forum messenger and I will do my best to answer.
Cheers Chris xx