Ryan has had the lumbar, he said it was painful.  They took him to the operation room in his bed and then brought him back about 30-45 min later.  He was really annoyed that they took down the IV but he had to keep the needle in his had until just  a little bit ago.  He said he wants to be put out for the next one, but I think he was a trooper and that it will be better for not having general anesthesia complaints. I'm sure it was painful though.  I asked him if he'd rather have a short amount of pain or a long amount of feeling sick/nausea from coming out of the anesthesia afterwards.
Ryan dictated the following to me:
Dec 12, 2012
I had my 4th and 5th stem cell treatments today.  First I had an IV and then I had a lumbar puncture stem cell treatment.  After the lumbar one I have to stay lying down for 6 hours and I can't have a pillow or raise up my head.  I had to keep the needle in my hand for a few hours and I didn't like that.  I just asked the nurses if I could get it out and they took it out.  I just want to get up and walk.  I just finished listening to Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer on audio book.  Right now I have 2 1/2 hours more of lying in bed.  They took me for the lumbar treatment to the operating room near where I had the retro bulbar eye injection.   I got on a gurney and they made me roll on my side and curl up.  It hurt.  I didn't like it at all.  They told me to hold still and I couldn't, it was painful.  At first there was pain and then later I felt them putting something in my back and there wasn't pain.  Then they said, "Finished," and took me back to my bed.  It's fun to ride on an elevator in your bed.  My mom had to feed me my lunch in bed.  I ordered McDonalds chicken nuggets.  They only come with sweet and sour sauce in China.  I had the choice to have the lumbar with a local (just in the back) or a general anesthetic (completely asleep).  I wish I had done general.
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2 1/2 more hours of laying down to go.

12/12/2012 21:29:48

Wow! What a trooper! Thinking about you guys and praying everything continues to go well!

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Carrie
12/16/2012 15:34:22

How long before you know if or how well this is working??

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12/17/2012 07:02:06

From what I understand, some patients have seen results near the end of their stay but others see results for up to six months after treatments.

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