I have returned from Cleveland today.
It has been a long 4 days.
My husband was admitted Monday
and received his mega dose of chemo on Tuesday.
Wednesday was a day of rest for him.
Thursday he received his own stem cells.
And now the recovery begins,
the count down till discharge day.
His stay will be 21 days total.
I realized just how child-like an adult can be,
first asking one person and then another how
many days till he can go home,
as if the story would change,
and the actual facts would differ.
It reminded me of a child who asks mom for something
and is told "no",
only to turn around and ask dad for the
same thing because he thinks the answer will be in his favor.
It is only natural to want to go home where you are the most comfortable. We both know he has to stay where he is for
the time being. He is in expert hands, many of the care givers
have 20+ years working on the bone marrow transplant floor.
I can rest well knowing he is well taken care of. I will go back in a few days and family will visit him,
filling the void till I return.
There are things needing attention at home.
The dogs came back from the kennel acting like they hadn't
seen me in years instead of days. The mail needed picked up at the post office and bills need paid.
I have his laundry to do and to take back with me when I return.
He is not to use a safety razor because his platelet
count will drop to an all time low.
Care has to be taken for him to not to cut himself.
I need to buy him an electric shaver.
He has not used one of those in years.
And it is great to learn something new every day, and we did.
Do you know that when they harvest your stem cells
they clean them up and preserve them?
They freeze the cells till the time of transplant.
The preservative they use smells like corn.
When the patient receives their cells they will smell like corn.
You can walk past a patient's room and know that day they received their transplant stem cells.
We joked that we would bring a stick of butter, lol.
The chemo messes with your mind.
They refer to that as "chemo brain".
It makes you weak and tired.
There is so much more you learn
and what I have told you is just a drop in the bucket.
I think I have rattled on long enough for now.
I will end this post with a few more things, one being info about my January GIVEAWAY.
I am a few days late with picking a winner and will commence
to do that tomorrow, when I am not so tired and refreshed.
I know I have kept all of you who have participated waiting
so long that you have probably forgotten,
but rest assured, I have not.
This has no doubt been one of the longest running
giveaways in blog history
and for your patience I plan to reward you.
Had I not been in Cleveland these past 4 days your package
would already be in the mail.
Also I did take my crocheting along with me and I plan
to get up some snap shots of the progress.
I spent many hours at the bedside with a yarn needle tucking in loose ends on hexes.....and hating it.
I admit that is NOT my favorite thing to do....
I think you have heard me whine about this in the past,
All the time I was whining I was thinking about sewing instead.
Now why do I do that?
Well, one good reason that set off this chain of thought was that I saw this striped owl
in one of the many hospital
gift shops and it was so darn cute,
but the cost was terrible,
and in my mind I told myself
I could make that out of material.
I still have not taken my camera to the hospital.
I keep intending to do that.
There is some awesome artwork
throughout the place,
(and of course that owl that is going to
bug the crap out of me and
I can't walk past the gift shop window without spying it out).
My husband's room (11th floor) has a very close
overhead view of the rooftop
where the helicopter pads are located for the ER.
There is activity going on there 24/7.
Well, enough about all this.
I hope I have not bored you to tears,
but this is my life here lately in a nutshell .
I hope all of you are well, and I really need to catch up on what everyone has been doing these past several days. I have blogs to read, new followers to visit and thank, and if I have missed someone then please come and remind me to take notice.
It is Super Bowl weekend and I am sure all of you fans are excited
and busy planning some fun.
I love my followers and thank you all for hanging in there
and being patient with me.
I will be back tomorrow.
♥ God Bless You All ♥