Today I got my stem cell injection, yay!!! The weather was beautiful and I didn’t have to leave at 6 am because I was the only patient going to the clinic.
Angela Rettig, the head of patient relations drove me to the clinic. It was fun to learn a bit more about her, Germany, and Infuiso during my drive. Angela helped Daniel and Philip open the clinic here in Frankfurt. I asked Angela more about the town of Bad Harzburg where the stem cell clinic is located.
She said it’s a saltwater spa and health resort town that hosts people recovering from surgery or other medical procedures. Angela said in Germany after having surgery, health insurance covers six weeks of rehabilitative care in clinics located in towns like Bad Harzburg. She said many people also vacation and camp in the area.
During our six-hour drive I learned a few things about Angela. She was raised by a single mom, loves Michael Buble, likes Whoppers, Latisse, and Glad Press and Seal Wrap. The last two items, Philp brings to her from the US because she can’t get them in Germany.
I shared with her I didn’t know much about Germany before arriving; and the only German words I knew before my arrival were Scheiße and Möpse. Both courtesy of a German friend who will remain nameless in this post, as to not cause embarrassment 🙂
Once arriving at the stem cell clinic things were quite uneventful compared to my last visit. Dr. Katrin showed me the very small vial containing all my stem cells that had grown during the last week. She had me lie down on the table, covered me with a soft, comfy blanket, and then slowing injected my cells into the skin on my upper left arm. It was quick and almost painless! She applied a band-aid, that said “Das Original” and told me to lie there for 20 minutes to make sure there was no negative reaction.
Afterwards, I spoke with Dr. Katrin for a few minutes while I waited for Angela to pick me up. We talked about having kids because I mentioned to her last week I was hoping the stem cell therapy and Infuiso treatments would get my immune system in order so I could have children naturally. She said she thought this time next year I’d be wishing for sleep because I’ll probably have a baby!
We talked a bit about Lyme, gardening, and beekeeping. She’s interested in keeping bees because they have a big garden and fruit trees. I encouraged her to go for it!
I also got to meet one of her cute daughters, who of course greeted me with perfect English! Dr. Katrin wished me good luck with all my treatments, having children and gave me a big hug, so sweet! How many times has your doctor in the US given you a hug?!?
Angela arrived and we got on the road for our 3 hour drive back to Frankfurt. Tomorrow, Michael will review the stem cell documentation Dr. Katrin gave me, and I continue my infusions and thymus therapy. Only two more days of treatment, things are going by so fast, and I’m feeling great! Here’s a picture of my das original band aid 🙂
I’d love to hear you thought on my journey so far. Any fellow Lyme warriors, those with other chronic conditions, or fighting cancer ready to take Infusio plunge? If you’d like to know more about my Infusio experience, please contact me. I’m happy to speak with you via phone, or connect via email.