Here we are. I’m sitting in India, writing this after the days have passed. The treatment is over. On the 13th day, all that happened was an acupuncture treatment and sentimental goodbyes from my doctor, translator, nurses and cafeteria lady.
The 6.5 hour flight from Beijing to New Delhi was rather uneventful, other than a bit of turbulence – it was a moonlight night all the way, and oh my god, it was amazing! We flew over storm clouds! I saw lightning from above the clouds! It looks VERY interesting from a perspective up in the air as it bounces around from side to side. Then there was the fact that there were huge storming clouds and I honestly think (I’m no expert at this) that we passed close to what looked like the “eye” of a huge storm. It was amazing! It’s too bad that there wasn’t much light (other than just moonlight lighting up the sky that night. It truly was beautiful and I’d have loved to be able to take a photograph of it.
So, here are my final thoughts as far as the treatment went: They didn’t deliver what I went there expecting to get. I expected to get stem cells taken from my own body. Instead, I just got stem cells from baby-blood. If I wanted that, I could’ve gotten that done in India. But, since I’d already paid, and was sitting in a hospital in Beijing, I figured, “what the hell, might as well do it!”
From talking to other patients, I’d expected there to be an immediate improvement in my condition. Instead, the only thing that’s happened since I’ve gotten the treatment is that I’ve had to increase my insulin intake – so, it got worse. However, to her credit, my Chinese doctor told me not to worry about irregularities in blood sugar – “it’ll happen for a little bit”, is what she said. Now, I know that one size doesn’t fit all, and that everyone is different. I was told that I’d be under “observation” for the next 6 months, so I haven’t lost hope yet. After all, the treatment just got done. Maybe it’ll take more time for it to work on me. Or maybe it won’t work at all, and I’ve just wasted my money. I don’t know. Only time will tell.
Other than that, there really isn’t much else that relates to my experience in Beijing at this point. The stem cell treatment is over, now it’s just a waiting game. I’ll keep anyone interested on the progress I make (or don’t make), and of course, will continue to write about interesting stuff related to stem cells that I find online.
For anyone reading this, I hope I was able to help somehow, in some way. If you’re thinking about getting stem cell treatment, I hope that you will please keep my experience in mind as well.