Friday, March 13, 2009


Happy almost Spring. The big John Deere tractors are once again everywhere along with that smell of burning irrigation ditches on the days the wind isn't blowing us away. We will be leaving for San Diego Wednesday afternoon for a long weekend. Wish us luck dealing with mom's grandma and her affairs. All her girlfriends claim she is getting mean and I see no reason to question their judgement.

Obama lifting stem cell research restrictions earlier this week got me thinking about how I don't recall updating you on Aliza's stem cells so, here goes...

We had lots of LOVELY folks contribute to our registry. A huge thanks to all of you, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you to most for understanding and supporting the motivations we have for banking the cells. I received a letter from ViaCord that I will try to sum up as best I can.

We banked 98 (mL) of cells and have a nucleated cell count (estimated # of white blood cells aka leukocytes) of 668 million. Leukocytes are the products of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, which are the vital components in stem cell transplants.

White blood cells are also an important immune system component thus the nucleated cell population contains both the rare stem cells, as well as the more numerous mature white blood cells. ViaCord deems anything with less than 100 million nucleated cells unlikely to be medically useful for transplantation so we seem to have plenty.
Aliza also has an outy. Peace!


Kirsten said...

San Diego will be wonderful and Aliza and Joe have the same hairdo...

HeatherS said...

Good luck in San Diego and wow! Such GREAT news about the stem cells. Your post gave me goosebumps on top of my goosebumps! Good things will happen with this.

H and S