Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Bone Marrow Harvest

Eric has to be at the hospital for 6:45 tomorrow morning for a surgical bone marrow harvest.

The bone marrow harvest takes place in an operating room, usually under general anesthesia. It involves little risk and minimal discomfort. When the patient or donor is under anesthesia, the physician inserts a needle into the cavity of the rear hipbone, where a large quantity of bone marrow is located. Several skin punctures on each hip and multiple bone punctures are usually required to extract the requisite amount of bone marrow. There are no surgical incisions or stitches involved, only skin punctures where the needle was inserted.

( from http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/9430.cfm )

Please please please let there be enough stem cells for him to be able to proceed to transplant....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm praying extra hard for Eric tonight.

Jane (mom)

Dad said...

I am also praying for you Eric and so is your papere and others. So get to bed early tonight. Kathy you must be exhausted. Try to get some rest too.

Dad