The plan was to head down to LA for the leukopheresis and removal of the stitches. And the plan itself was executed flawlessly. I headed down there yesterday and met up with H-Lo to be a tourist and grab some dinner in Santa Monica. I spent the night in a hotel that was walking distance to Cedars-Sinai, and woke up early this morning to make it there in time to start the process. The nurse in the blood donation lab was very kind, but also very conservative. I was told under no circumstances was I allowed to move my arms once I was hooked up. This was a little disturbing since my initial thought was that I could sit there for the possible 8 hours reading books, writing e-mails, and watching movies. Luckily the casa Deepistan had given me some movies to bide my time, so I set up my laptop to watch one of my faves, Up. Then I just needed to produce the proper dendritic cells quickly enough so my battery wouldn't just wear out. I managed to finish up in about 3 hours, leaving minutes on my laptop and giving me enough time to rush up to the surgeon's office to get the stitches removed before lunch!
So what am I complaining about? Well...this whole procedure excited me so much because it offered me the chance to finally shower as soon as I got home! And then I get the news - no showering for another 24 hours, AND you should wear a hat to make sure the scar doesn't get infected. Yeah, not much to complain about, I admit...but if you had to hang out with me lately, you might feel the same way.