Archive for November, 2007

Interesting Story…

Friday, November 23rd, 2007 by Ian

Out of the blue on Tuesday I got a phone call from Canadian Blood Services. The story goes like this:

A little over 10 years ago, a friend of Dylan’s was diagnosed with a blood disorder that required a bone marrow transplant. The elementary school held a clinic, where people could get “typed” to see if anyone in the neighbourhood was a close enough match. No one matched, and his friend ended up dying a few years ago. (Interestingly, she’s in the cemetery about 10 meters from Warren).

I, however, have come up as a potential match for someone else. As I understand it, the chances of a match are fairly slim, so not many people in the registry ever get the call, but on Wednesday I did.

So the process has begun, I’ve passed their phone medical history interview and on December 4, I go and get 10 vials of blood taken — half go to the transplant centre for further type checking, the other half go to check for diseases.

I’ll keep y’all up to date on the results. Admittedly, I’m a little nervous about my selection of procedures. The old standard is drawing 0.5 to 1.5 litres of marrow out of your hip (pelvis really) — which I understand can be quite painful for the next couple weeks. In the last 10 years they’ve been using a drug procedure (Filgrastim or Neupogen) that causes the marrow to grow until the bones can’t contain it and it gets into your blood stream. Then they connect you up to an apheresis machine and harvest the stem cells. The trouble with that way is that the long term effects of the drugs are unknown and I’d be signing up to yearly blood tests for the rest of my life. So the first and more painful option looks a little better. I may not get to decide though — sometimes the transplant doctor wants the cells harvested one way over the other for whatever reason.

Any comments Terry? Given the option, which way would you go?

I’m all exicted and feeling karmicly recharged!

Long Live the Queen

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 by Scott

I picked up five new queen bees last night. Two will go to my mate Brian and three willl go into my hives on Friday. I’ve take a few pictures (of the two I have at the office) and will post them if they turn out okay.

So this will set up the hives for the summer with good strong queens. I should have less probalems with varroa and swarming next spring.

Alive and Mending

Monday, November 19th, 2007 by Scott

I just thought I’d drop a quick note to say I’m mending well after the smash. We’ve replaced the pug with a european Ford Focus “zetec” that is the sport model., its a fine little car.

After being very very tired, a little sore and stiff (and finding it hard to concentrate) I’m back!! Terry and Mom were right about the neck and I’m getting some attention on that (that seems to be helping). The whole thing took much longer than I expected to get better.

This has put me behind onthe bees. My queen guy let me down and we’re 3 weeks or more behind in requeening. I’m due to pick up about half the queens I need (price this year $20 cash per marked queen) tonight with more to come over the next week. I have also put honey boxes onto 2 of 4 hives to give more space. My observation is that with all the wild hives gone (due to varroa) there is just more nectar about for my bees. I hope to have all the requeening done and 2 hives moved to Ruby Bay by the end of the week.