May 14th Getting Settled
This is my room. It is on the 8th floor of the main hospital building. And I have already started decorating.
I still have hair at the moment. And my husband (Donnie) and my daughter (Leah) came with me. You can see that they are wearing masks. Anyone who comes into my room has to put on a mask to help keep out the germs. I don't have to wear a mask in the room, but I have to wear one when I leave the room.
May 15th Day of Rest
They called this my day of rest. Which only means they didn't do any procedures (treatments) on me. I still walked 2.3 miles up and down the halls with my IV pole, it is my constant companion right now. I had a visit from the physical therapist and she had me do different exercises to see what I could do before the big day tomorrow. They have also given me medicine that makes me go to the bathroom ALOT. And who do I have to bring with me to the bathroom, but my constant companion, the IV pole. Everywhere I go it goes. YEAH! :) Below is Abby my main nurse. She doesn't have to wear the gloves and gown every time she comes in; but she does have to wear the mask.
Here are the rest of my wonderful posters and cards. Thanks guys! Your the best!!
The first picture is a selfie of me gowned, masked, and gloved so I can leave my room. I can walk the halls of the Stem Cell Unit here in the hospital, but I can't leave the unit. I am here for two weeks and can't leave. Boo Hoo :( But I still have hair! :) And I couldn't leave out a picture of my closest friend, the IV pole.
May 16th & 17th
I'm posting two days together. Yesterday was a very busy day. In fact, the hospital staff called it my second birthday. This is because yesterday is when they gave me back my stem cells and they went to my bones and rebooted my bone marrow. The first picture below is of the cryo-chamber in which they kept the stem cells. It is full of liquid nitrogen (VERY, VERY COLD). The second picture is the warm bath they put the stem cells into to thaw. The third picture is of my special stem cell nurse that was with me all day. Her name is Sherry and she was excellent. Oh, and you can see my constant companion there behind her (the IV pole).
The next picture below is Sherry getting the bag os stem cells ready to hang on the IV pole so they can be put back into me. And because your music teacher is such an overachiever, it only took three bags of stem cells (there were 2.3 or so million stem cells in each bag) instead of the normal 6-7 bags. So everything was done in about an hour. And that is the thumbs up picture at the end. Woo-Hoo
Today, May 17th, was a boring day compared to yesterday. Nothing much happened. Just walking the hall, gowned, masked, and gloved. Did a half of a mile. Showered, played SimCityBuildIt on my phone, and sang songs with Pandora on my computer. And tomorrow is another day. Happy Friday to everyone!!