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How about four times faster?

Posted Jan 03 2012 4:32pm
Hooked up to the new machine
This new extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) machine is pretty cool.
It is faster:
Today, I started at 9:30 a.m., finished at 10:45 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m. my wife and I were eating lunch at the  On the Boarder  restaurant in Grandville.  I had the beef soft taco and chicken enchilada combo meal.  (Hot Stuff Baby!)
The older machine would take about four hours to complete a treatment.  Normally, I would be leaving the hospital at around 12:30 p.m.  It does more than one process at a time.  It can draw and return blood simultaneously.
It is more colorful:
It has a color monitor display, touch screen, with cool graphic images.  I love those purple handles.  Purple is the universal color for cancer survivors.
It makes more sounds:
It has the same loud annoying beeps as the older machine, but you can hear the separator bowl (centrifuge) ramp up to speed.
There is more to see:
There is a window to watch the "buffy coat" build up during the collection cycle.  You can watch the valves open and close through the clear plastic valve plate, and each of the five, two directional pumps as they rotate. 

Run the race to win the prize.  (1 Corinthians 9:24)

Love you guys!  :-) 

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