So yesterday was DAY 0. At approximately 2 pm EST Keegan's stem cells arrived on the Stem cell unit via a container that somewhat looked like a beer keg. What are stem cells you might ask? Well, the answer to that question can be found HERE. Basically they are the "mother cells" of bone marrow. They help the marrow to make more cells of whatever type are needed. So they arrived in this:
When all the doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Interns and nurses were ready, they took his bag of cells out of the "keg".
Getting ready to draw the cells up into a large syringe:
The Syringe with thousands of Stem Cells in it:
Next, the Intern had to get ready by putting on sterile gloves (notice Kee is passed out from the Benedryll, Ativan, Tylenol and Dilaudid used to pre-treat him):
Happy Third "Birth" Day My Baby Kee, Today is the first day of the rest of your life!