The biopsy/aspiration on Friday went fine. Johanna was there massaging my back and neck, and with all the sedatives I was on and the fact that I had half a dozen pillows under me, it almost felt like being at the spa! Well, not really. But seriously, that stuff makes you really relaxed, which is the best way to go into one of these things I think. The sedative is called Versed which can also make you forget things. I don't rememember forgetting anything (haha) but I guess others "wake up" and have no recollection of anything that happened while on the drug. I just remember Dr. Goldberg joking around during the whole procedure and singing songs! He would say "this might hurt a little" and then would sing "do you really want to hurt me?" from the Culture Club. Or even better, after talking about how happy I was on the sedatives he started singing "I wanna be sedated" from the Ramones! Any doctor who can quote old-school punk rock bands during surgery is O.K. in my book :)
Anyway, the procedure went fine and we were in and out in about 2 hours. Though I was really groggy afterwards and puked a couple times on the way home. Yuck. The feeling was basically the same as being drunk. This was probably because while I was being prepped for the procedure, Dr. Goldberg would ask, "How are you feeling?" and I would say "Oh I'm fine, great, thanks" and he'd tell the nurse "hit him again" and I'd be given more sedatives. It wasn't until I finally responded with, "Heyyyyyy, I'm feeling goooood... let's do this thing" or something like that, that he finally got started :) After we got home I crashed in the bed and didn't wake up until 4 hours later. What a great nap.
Here are some pictures:
This is where the drugs go in
Dr. Goldberg's perfectly prepared slides
The liquid marrow is on the right. Looks like tomato ketchup.
This is the marrow "core sample". It looks like tomato paste squirted out of a tube.