Today was my 6th IV injection of stem cells. All went smooth as usual, and I now feel like an old hand (no IV pun intended!) at this.
Since I'm now done with my original treatment and we still have eight days before we leave China, I have decided to go through another round of intramuscular site injections using two additional bags of stem cells. I feel there was a near immediate benefit from this treatment - I was able to crank the exercise bike up from zero resistance to #3 within three days after the first set of injections, so I feel confident something is working.
The main side effect I've noticed is "twitchy" legs, especially my left side, but recently my right side (weaker side) has begun vibrating too. It's like a dam has been opened and water is beginning to pour through the right side of my body. It keeps me up late at night, but it's actually a good thing - like muscles are wakening up.
Maybe I'm just masochistic! I have now calculated I have been poked 400 times since I've been here just in acupuncture (16 needles/day x four days/week); another 8 times for all IVs and initial blood tests; 1 for the bone marrow; and 60 for the first intramuscular injections (=469 times). Only another 125 pokes to go to complete this treatment!