I donated bone marrow yesterday, AMA
I am a 20yo female who was contacted in December as a match to a child. I joined the Be The Match registry in 2012 by swabbing my cheeks as tissue samples and sending them in the mail. They analyzed my tissue sample. When I was contacted as a match, I went to the local hospital for a blood sample. They then identified me as the best match for the patient who has leukemia.
In February I had a physical done where they performed a chest xray, general health questionnaire, urinalysis, akg, and blood samples. I passed the exam and the date was set to donate. The hospital I donated at is 2.5hours away so Be The Match paid for a hotel for me for two nights. I traveled on Tuesday to the hotel and donated on Wednesday. I left Thursday morning.
Every cost is reimbursed. Food and gas out of pocket costs will be given back to me.
I went to the hospital Weds morning at 7am. I got into my hospital gown and had more blood samples taken and questions asked, and gave another urine sample. At 9am I was taken into pre operation room where I was swarmed by smiling surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists. An IV was connected to my wrist and I was given a drug to calm me before I went into the operation room. I was taken into the op room and a mask placed over my mouth and I was under anesthesia. Then I woke up. No pain, no sore throat , no nausea. I recovered from that for about an hour before I went into another room for about five hours before I was released with a prescription of acetaminophen/hydrocodone. The experience was nearly painless. The worst part was the 5 minute drive to the hotel after my release, due to post op nausea. I took a nap and felt fine. Today I am mobile and only slightly sore, perhaps a 1 or 2 on the pain scale, and I don't find the strong prescribed meds necessary.
This has been a very emotional experience for me. Unfortunately I must remain anonymous about my full name and location to protect myself but I will answer all other questions with all honesty. I can say though that I live in the United States.
The experience was extremely positive and I am doing this AMA to promote you all to become a part of the program AFTER understanding every aspect of what you are signing up for.
proofs: first email- http://m.imgur.com/hXNfQG9
my lower back after surgery- http://m.imgur.com/AksuF99
before i replaced the bandages, the tiny holes- http://i.imgur.com/9fFmtst.jpg
providing more momentarily and i will be posting links for information.
There was a recent AMA about this but he had the other procedure, PBSC and I had the surgical procedure.
The time and pain experienced on my part is NOTHING compared to the pain of the patient and her family. There is nothing more amazing than using modern medicine and science to take a part of ourselves, and give it to a stranger, to give them life and give hope to them and their families. These patients with blood cancer are sisters, daughters, mothers, brothers, sons, and husbands.
Be The Match website- http://bethematch.org
donate bone marrow- http://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-bone-marrow/
donate cord blood- http://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-cord-blood/