Friday, February 1
TRANSPLANT went very well. We went to Hospital 8.30. First we did our regular registration, then triage, and from there we went to day hospital where Regina was assigned to her nurse for a day. FOr today it was Gina.
Gina gave us our Room. Usually we do not get a room, we just wait for next available curtain separated chair, and there are at least 14 curtain separated chairs full of patients. This time we got a room but we had to share with kid who had blood transfusion, and whose life was not easy one...
After REgina settled down in her bed, nurse Gina drew Reginas labs. Then she hooked REgina up with IV fluids. After hour of fluids Dr Dhall came in with Somebody who had REginas stem cells in a bag. Very different from St Jude. In St Jude stem cells were brought into room with some medical refrigirator that kept stem cell temperature stable. IN CHLA they were brought in with blue Cold bag. Anyway. Regina was hooked up with heart monitor, with blood pressure monitor. Oh. Before stem cells she got pre medicated. She was given zofran for nausea, benadryl to prevent allergic reactions and tylenol- just incase...lol
Now, stem cells were in tiny bag. It was hung on Reginas IV pole, and it only took 10 minutes per bag to infuse it into Regina. Dr Dhall and Nurse Gina took Reginas vitals in every 5 minuts. This time REgina only had 2 bags of stem cells. SO , it was short 20 minute process.
Regina did extremely well. She did get really bad chills for 10 minutes, but that was because stem cells were working their way to wherever they had to go....
After Stem cell transplant Regina was hooked up with fluids for an hour. Then she had to have platelets because her platelets dropped overnight to 30 thousand. That took about 40 minutes. After platelets Regina had blood transfusion because her hemoglobin also had dropped below normal limit. , so that added extra 3 1/2 hours. . It was 6 pm when we finally got out of CHLA. Regina was walking and responsive and happy. SHE RAN out of CHLA. SHE ran in Ronald McDonald house. She was just happy to get out.. She still is :) Now we are in Ronald McDOnald house. While I am typing Regina is Feeding me sunflower seeds. She tells me that I am bird baby and she is bird momma ..lol:)
Now, we are keeping our fingers crossed for NO FEVER.