Bone Marrow Biopsy #3

Yesterday, March 28 we drove out to UPenn in Philadelphia for George’s scheduled bone marrow biopsy. He has had two previous biopsies at Cooper hospital, but said this experience was different. At Cooper, he was hospitalized when he had them so of course it was different in that respect. This time his biopsy was done on an outpatient basis. It was mainly different in that there was interaction with the doctor. Dr. Nadolski came in before the procedure and explained everything that would happen, told him it was a very safe procedure and that it wouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. He asked if we had any questions and we had none! George never saw any doctor before his last two biopsies. Transport just came and fetched him from his hospital room, wheeled him down to Interventional Radiology and he waited on his gurney, lined up in the hall waiting for his turn. The nurses were kind and basically explained the procedure, but he had no interaction with the doctor who actually performed the biopsy. As with the previous bone marrow biopsies, this procedure would be done under sedation, which in this case meant a cocktail of fentaNYL and VERSED. Hard to believe these procedures are done bedside with local anesthetic! We are thankful George has his done under sedation in Interventional Radiology.

Dr. Nadolski explaining the procedure to George – he explains how they use a hand held drill to get a sample with great precision
The nurse asked George what kind of music he wants to listen to in the OR and has said classic rock, so off he goes to rock out!
Graham crackers and apple juice in recovery

As we were making our way out to the parking garage, George was still feeling the effects of the sedatives. He said he liked how it made him feel….and that he understands why people like to do drugs. LOL.

Today George is enjoying a normal day at work in the home office. Days of normalcy are precious to us amidst the flurry of appointments and phone calls. Tomorrow, we are back out to UPenn for a lumbar puncture.

Listening to MSNBC while working…a comforting daily routine.

5 responses to “Bone Marrow Biopsy #3”

  1. trinchen87e4efd3e4b1 Avatar
    trinchen87e4efd3e4b1

    I appreciate you keeping us posted. Such a scary thing to have happen, especially to someone you know.

    On Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 13:33 Diagnosis: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). A Journey wrote:

    > Mary Blackwell posted: ” Yesterday, March 28 we drove out to UPenn in > Philadelphia for George’s scheduled bone marrow biopsy. He has had two > previous biopsies at Cooper hospital, but said this experience was > different. At Cooper, he was hospitalized when he had them so of course” >

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    1. Indeed! Thanks so much for following along and for caring.

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  2. I’m thrilled to read he’s got a good team of doctors and nurses there at UPenn, which isn’t surprising. I’ve heard it’s one of the best hospitals. 🙂 George is looking well! Good that the biopsy is done and now onto the lumbar puncture, which doesn’t sound like much fun at all. But hoping and praying it goes well!

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    1. Oh, and yes to the being able to have normal days. Totally understand! It’s a comfort. 🙂

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    2. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! We are glad to be with UPenn as well. 🙂

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