DLI Day at Mayo

The beds at the Gift of Life Transplant House have to be made of slightly padded bricks.  Both Teresa and I slept horribly last night and the night before.  Both of us were complaining about this and that hurting.  But for the price, it’s all good.  Really, I am thankful for the Gift of Life House and what they do for transplant patients.

We woke early and checked out of the Gift of Life Transplant House about 8:30am, then we caught the bus to Mayo and got to my DLI appointment with 3 whole minutes to spare.

The IV lady showed up around 9:10 and had to ask what type of procedure they were doing on me.  We told her and she put the #18 IV thing into my arm.  She found a new good vein that I never knew existed.  Sweet, now I have 1 for IVs and 1 for blood draws.

The Donor Leukocytes Infusion started with 2 hours of water being infused.  During which they give you lasics which makes you have to pee a whole bunch along with some other meds.  Well lasics works real well.

After the first 2 hours, the DLI took a big whopping 20 minutes.  Kind of a let down from the big build up.  But It was what it was, a very small bag of orangish bloodlike liquid pumped into my IV.  Thought it was gonna be a bigger bag or take longer or something, but it was 20 minutes tops of not much.

Then there was another 2 hours of fluids being pumped in.  And a few more trips to the restroom.  And so it went roughly 4 1/2 hours in a very cold room (Teresa was in charge of the temperature) and we were through with the whole Donor Leukocytes Infusion procedure was done and we were on our way out of the hospital.

The drive home was pretty uneventful.  Only had to stop one more time from the lasics.  Then we did the alternate scenic route home, it should be longer but it really takes exactly the same amount of time.  Going this route takes us through Ames, which is where Iowa State University is, then through nowhere Iowa, then we get off of the 169 South, through Minburn, Iowa.  A tiny little town which looks like it was pulled out of the 1950s.  Then it brings us directly into Adel, no having to deal with traffic in Des Moines, which makes the trip worthwhile.

The next Mayo appointment is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20th (exactly 2 weeks).   However, they made the appointment entirely too early again.  Shiela who normally makes the appointments wasn’t there, so someone else who I haven’t had the don’t make appointments so early because we have a 4 hour drive talk with made the appointments.  I am going to try to shift the appointments to Wednesday and later in the day, so we don’t have to get up at 4 in the morning.

I got to say I would not be able to do this without Teresa by my side.  Without her, I would have died many years ago.  She has always been there for me through all the crap I have had or done with life.  I love this woman with all my being.  She is more than my wife, she is more than my best friend, she is more than everything to me.

Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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