Merry Christmas Eve to all!
Natalie, Tyler, Evie and I are spending the night together. Evie is sleeping in the bathroom in her mini pack n' play. :) Natalie in her hospital bed, Tyler in the fold out chair bed, and I curled up in a ball at the bottom of Natalie's bed...hmm. We will see how long that lasts. Actually I do sleep quite well in small spaces, by morning all my children are in my bed lying every direction. I've learned to find sleep all sorts of funny ways over the years. Tyler, on the other hand already has plans to find an empty couch on the 2nd floor somewhere. We are pros when it comes to finding a place to sleep in this hospital. We know all the couches, chairs, sleep rooms, etc.
Truly it will be a memorable Christmas.
Tyler and Natalie have been reading all day and having a wonderful time. When I arrived they were watching the first Harry Potter movie. They just finished the first book.
The nurse has reminded Natalie that Santa comes to the hospital too. She was concerned that the hospital does not have a chimney...but they do have a helicopter landing pad just above our room. That sounds even better.
Today she has been nauseous again, she is receiving a medication called methotrexate, for clean up of any lasting T cells or B cells. It is a chemo, which will also help prevent graft vs. host disease. She finished the main chemo therapy, but this is an extra medication for post transplant to ensure that her body won't reject the new marrow.
I find it a bit troubling when the nurses are required to wear special thick purple gloves when administering the chemo chemicals, in the event that any of it touches their skin, yet it goes through a direct line by the ounces into my child's little body. It truly is one thing to imagine, yet another to actually watch. This was a hard realization to swallow, thus we are so thankful for the miracle of new marrow for her body, that can replenish all that has been taken.
Natalie was able to Skype to family again, and what a highlight this was. When Natalie saw the picture below she just giggled, it was fun for her to see so many bawled heads.
Natalie's Uncles and Cousins...and Matthew!
More Uncles and Cousins. :)
Wow, what a good looking bunch of guys!
Thank you to so many for making Natalie's life that much sweeter.
We have been blessed so much...Santa will be coming this year for our children. This sweet blessing was something Tyler and I were not able to accomplish without others.