Well, today marks the last ‘test’ prior to being approved for a transplant – another Bone Marrow Biopsy.
The first one (as I was being diagnosed) was excruciating – because they couldn’t give me anything to dampen the pain. It felt like a hammer and chisel were being forced into my tailbone, and then a crude drill used to extract marrow and fragments of bone. I remember searching for new socially-acceptable words to express my feelings with each tap of the hammer. “Lord have mercy, and Sweet Jesus” comes to mind, lol.
This time however, I had the luxury of being attended to by a doctor and nurse on a relatively comfortable table. (as hospital tables go)
Also, Doc used some numbing agent that eased the pain considerably. Still hurts quite a bit when they get into the bone, but nothing like the first time! And, lucky guy that I am – he couldn’t extract any marrow on the first attempt, so they tried again in another spot. Wow – where else can you get a two-for-one bone marrow biopsy? LOL…. Doc says my bones must be thick. Didn’t mention my skull though. 🙂
Just glad that part’s over, and now it’s up to the board to give me the thumbs up for transplant.
Thanks for tuning in, and keep the prayers up. They really do help! I’m so blessed to have you on my side.