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Usually 1 or 2 days after you finish your preparative regimen you will receive your new cells. The day of transplant is often called “day zero.” When day zero arrives, it is normal to have many emotions. You may feel nervous, wondering how your recovery will go. At the same time, you may want to celebrate the day that your new cells arrived. Your hospital chaplain, leader in your faith community or BMT social worker can be a source of support for you. You may wish to:
• Have a blessing service
• Dedicate a time for reflection
• Write about your experience and feelings in a journal
• Take a picture of you with your new cells
A transplant is not surgery. Instead, the healthy cells from your donor are given to you just like a blood transfusion using your central line.
You will be in your hospital room and awake during the transplant. Your transplant team will watch you closely while you get your new cells. They’ll also explain what to expect, how long it might take and how you might feel.
The process of receiving (infusing) the new cells through your central line can range from less than an hour to a few hours. The length of time can depend on the number (volume) of cells you receive and how your body responds.