We started out the morning having all three lumens out of my central line declotted. Especially the yellow one where the stem cells would enter. And then we got the news that the transplant would be at 12:30 pm!!!! It was very exciting news!! At noon they started premedicating me with Steroids and Benedryl. Then Dr. Jones brought the Stem Cells into my room and held them up so I could see them and take a picture. Inside the bag it looked like watered down blood. The nurse started the IV and it was non-stop vitals during the entire transfusion. She told us to look real close at the tubing and we could see the little flecks of stem cells moving through the tubing. It was amazing that you could actually see them! The infusion lasted about an hour and a half. The side effects started a few minutes into the infusion…headache, body aches, fever, chills, and nausea. So they gave me lots of medicine to combat those. While I was napping Wade went out and bought me a little piece of birthday cake with a “0” candle and a very sweet birthday card! There have been so many wonderful, kind, sweet, amazing, prayerful, thoughtful acts of kindness shown to us! And your comments have been my strength and confidence! My gratefulness and thankfulness are beyond words! Wade took a picture of me with my cake and candle, but when I saw myself I quickly deleted it! LOL!! So here is a picture of the stem cells. I will blog more tomorrow!