November 15, 2013
ANC 6700, Hemoglobin 10.3, Platelets 68
The room is packed, we are just waiting for Tyler and the kids to arrive. Alice's room seems so empty and quiet. She has been ready all morning. We have taken walks down the hall and spent time at the nurses station drawing etc.
Total days in the hospital for this transplant (41)...not too bad.
The video of her ringing the bell will be posted later, it's taking too long to download.
|Nurse Emily and Alice drawing pictures. Emily was our nurse the last time we were discharged from transplant.|
|Alice and Mary|
|Alice wanted to make sure her stork was safe in the wagon.|
|The princess is packing up.|
|One of two cars..the second was more full with kids than stuff.|
|Sonam always did a wonderful job cleaning our room.|
|Holding hands to the bell.|
|She wanted to use her magic wand to ring the bell.|
|singing to Alice|
|singing to Alice|
|Emily and Alice|
|These women had a big role is making Alice better. Brenda NP, Emily, RN, Meghan MD, Jessica Fellow MD.|
|Everyone wanted to sit by Alice on the way home. Natalie was the lucky one.|
|Returning the wagon and having a little fun in the meantime.|
|Watching their first movie together.|
|This pile of stuff is a third of the delivery that came for Alice. I spent nearly two hours with the nurse sorting and preparing everything. After the nurse left I spent another hour finishing up.|
Alice receives 12 hours of TPN through her yellow central line. She received 18 consecutive hours of feeds in her NJ tube. She has five different infusion in her blue central line throughout the day hours. In a 24 hour period, Alice is completely unhooked from everything for six hours. We will make the most of those six hours...play play play...move move move, and we hope to keep those precious six hours during the peak hours of her awake time. Alice currently receives 10-15 oral medications twice a day...depending on the day. Right now she takes them through the feeding tube, but surprisingly she has a very difficult time with it. I am tempted to try giving them to her by mouth instead....Phew, this is a full time effort. In just a few weeks things will begin to drop off the list and her care will be less intense. Until then I plan to go nowhere!
We are thrilled to have her home and are loving every minute of it.
November 16, 2013
Well, we survived the night. It could have been worse.
Alice is stronger by the minute. She is moving around more at home, and has eaten a bit more than if she were in the hospital. She ate some spaghetti and meatballs, rice and chicken, yogurt, and a chicken nugget...pretty good Alice.
|She wanted to go outside to the mailbox so bad...it was a snowy cold day, but she was plenty warm.|