Stem Cell Transplants, Moscow, and Borscht…life with Lisa in Russia.

Depends…

No, not “depends” as defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary, but “Depends” as in diapers…protection from incontinence. What do diapers have to do with Russia? Well…my now BFF Brooke is in Russia now and she states, concerning the stem cell collection process:

“During apheresis, you are hooked up to an apheresis machine that looks much like a dialysis machine, wherein your body’s total blood volume is circulated through and separated three times in order to collect your stem cells.  Your blood is returned to your body at the same rate that it is extracted and only a small amount of peripheral blood is lost in the process.  The apheresis takes approximately 4.5-5 hours and you must lie completely still during that period of time.  You may not leave the bed to use the restroom.  For those of you who have MS, a very common symptom of MS is some degree of difficulty with bladder and/or bowel control.  For this reason, they recommend that you wear a diaper.”

As for this, I will not attach photos to the blog!

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