Stem cell therapy

No photos, however, we spent the day at Seattle Stem Cell clinic, getting questions answered on both sides concerning  therapy.   DH has decided to participate in the self funded studies.  He will go in for the draw on March 22 and stay there for a three hours until they are able to do the lab work and inject the cells back into his body.   I don’t fully understand their numbers when they say it is 60-80% effect, -seems like a big range – but one is plied with so much information, it’s difficult to think of all the questions.  They did say that for diseases like this that are a downhill progression, they have found that a booster each year is extremely helpful.   They have found stem cell therapy very effective for balance, coordination, mental slowness tremors, and other Parkinsonian effects which I have now forgotten.   It will take 4-6 months after the procedure to see results.  We decided it was worth trying as there is no physical downside.

The usual 65 minute drive home took 2.5 hours in the rain on a Friday afternoon.   I must remember no more Fridays in Seattle, but I took the first appointment they could work us in.  (And if our offspring are reading this – we are spending your inheritance as a trade-off for having your father around longer and healthier.)   We are on the research side of this and not only do we want the help, but we want others to be able to get the help as well.   This disease now affects 1% of the population and is becoming apparent at a younger age.    I will keep you posted as we learn more.

For those of you who were interested when I showed socks made from Felic yarn,   Knitpicks has some Felici sock yarn on sale for 30% off.

And now I’m off to get some rest before the next lamb feeding.


Shabbat Shalom to each of you.

2 Responses

  1. That sounded like a LOT of info to hear and absorb – but it sounds very worthwhile too. Your husband will also be providing info to them as well, that may potentially be helpful to another person with Parkinson’s. And the 60-80% is much better than no improvement… I’m looking forward to hearing more about your DH’s experience!
    Wishing you a peaceful Sabbath – and the strength to keep up with your babies!

  2. Franna Pitt says:

    Wow! Kudos to you for going with the research study! I hope it makes a noticeable difference.
    How are the lambs doing?
    I forgot to say earlier, if you need help, please don’t hesitate to call (text) me.
    Don’t you just hate Seattle traffic? Ugh. Fridays afternoons are the worst!