Thursday, July 26, 2007


On Monday, I returned to Dr. Castro-Malaspina's office to see where things were headed. The bone marrow aspiration took place during this visit as well, but Clare, my mom, and I waited in the waiting room for at least two hours before we saw him and the aspiration was performed. This was only my second ever aspiration. I had my first one in Chicago prior to treatment. This one went exceptionally well. Granted, there was some discomfort and anxiety but considering how bad I thought it might be have been, it was great. Dr. Castro-Malaspina himself performed it. They numbed me, but that was it. No pain killers.

At the appointment, I learned that the chemotherapy cocktail for the transplant is Fludarabine, Cytoxan, and Anti-Thymocyte Globulin (ATG) and that the donor is a 19 year old male. He couldn't reveal more about the donor. While there I also dropped off the filled urine container, which I was given on Friday so that I could collect my urine over a 24 hour period beginning Sunday morning. This is one of the preparatory tests for transplantation. It's aimed to examine how well my kidneys work.

Following the appointment, I headed uptown to Yankee Stadium (only about 4 blocks from my home) where Raul and I met and watched the Yankees beat the Blue Jays. He moved back to New Jersey very recently after living in D.C. for several years following college, so it was an excellent opportunity for us to catch up. And we had great seats thanks to Bob. It was a wonderful night for baseball and a pretty exciting game (for Yankee fans) too. They won 6-4. Lots of home runs were hit in this exciting game. For the Yankees, A-Rod, Matsui, and Cano each whacked one out of the yard and for the Blue Jays, Rios homered and Glaus homered twice.


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