Next week Ray has to be at NIH for a couple of days for a bone marrow aspirate. I believe this is to provide all the information on the current or baseline ability of his bone marrow including cell production lines and chimerism. Wednesday will be all the typical pre-op stuff with labs and anesthesia consult. Thursday will be the procedure and then hopefully discharge.
While a bone marrow aspirate can be done in an adult with out anesthesia, Ray preferred that they not do it with him awake at all.