He thawed the bags as the stem cells were needed. Here's one of the frozen bags sitting on the counter. It came in the flat metal box that you can see in the picture and I assume it was to protect the bag from being damaged. I understood him to say that they're hung by number inside a cryo...something, but we'll just call it a fancy refrigerator here. Sorry, I'm no scientist.
He placed the bag of frozen stem cells inside what looked like a large Zip Lock bag and then placed them in water to thaw. I think he told me the water was body temperature, but would drop a few degrees while he turned the bag around and the stem cells thawed. It probably only took five minutes or less to thaw each bag.
With the third bag he had to take a couple of samples of the thawed stem cells so they could determine how many died during the freezing process. It's normal for some to die off and I guess they want to have a pretty good idea of exactly how many good cells were infused.
And that was it. The whole thing was finished in a little over an hour.
Then the entire room smelled like creamed corn. Even though we were wearing masks we could still smell it. The preservative that's added to the stem cells causes a smell like creamed corn that Reid's body puts out through his skin. We were told ahead of time to expect it, and they weren't kidding.
Now it's in God's hands.
And while all of this was going on the nurse came into the room and said, "He's gotten a bunch of cards today," and handed me a stack of envelopes. Thanks to Jenny over at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent" people are sending him cards after she wrote about him on her blog. He'll have mail to open when he's feeling a little better tomorrow. Thanks to Jenny and everyone else who read her blog post and responded.
All the caring, concern, and prayers are greatly appreciated.