Well folks, today’s the big day. My docs just notified me that they will be infusing my “super cells” back into my body around 12-noon EST today. This is the climax of everything that we have been preparing for. The amazing/scary part about this, and the reason we call it the “spider man treatment”, is that my cells have been genetically modified in the lab. My doctor literally said “we’re going to infuse your cells over 30 minutes, fasten our seat-belts, and see what happens”. WUH? “See what happens?!?”. Most likely nothing will happen. But just as a precaution they will be checking my vital signs every 15 minutes for the first hour, then once an hour, then every 4 hours. They have seen high fevers, chills (a.k.a Rigor), and various other scary things they’re probably not telling me about, in other patients receiving cells. So what does that mean for me? In the words of Brandt from The Big Lebowski, “Well dude, we just don’t know“. Due to the “experimental” nature of the treatment, Rachel and I often refer to it is the “Spider-Man Treatment”. Maybe I’ll get a 6th “spider-sense“, that would be cool.
So for now we pray.
The Boisil Compline
Boisil, Prior of Melrose Abbey, died 661 BCE.
I am placing my soul and my body
in Thy safe keeping this night, O God,
in Thy safe keeping, O Jesus Christ,
in Thy safe keeping, O Spirit of perfect truth.
The Three who would defend my cause
be keeping me this night from harm.
I call on You, O God,
For You will answer me;
Give ear to me and hear my prayer.
Show the wonder of Your great love,
You who save by Your right hand
those who take refuge in You from their foes.
Keep me as a apple of Your eye;
hide me in the shadow of Your wings.