Sunday, May 1, 2011
OMG I am home. My house is clean thanks to a hard working Tracy and all my stuff is here thanks to a long list of awesome friends (Barbara, Marion, Anna, Jennifer, Laura, Bridget, Lyle, katie, Sarah, Doug, Josh, Tom, Wayne, Diane, Betsy, Andy, Jim, Hope, Kate, Ted, Dottie Bird, Rob, Evan, Deborah, John Randall, and anyone else I've forgotten). What a bunch of generous and hard-working friends. I've been thinking about all my caregivers too. People are so kind and generous. I feel like I'm at a big milestone. I know it's not over, by any means, but it feels like a huge accomplishment to have been through the transplant and made it back home, still resembling myself. Of course James is my number one advocate and partner. Nothing would have been possible without him. I got so lucky! Who knew, so many years ago, that he was more than just a pretty face??
So I'm home, I slept like a baby and everything is beautiful. I'm slowly unpacking today while James, Katie and Lyle clean up the apartment. It was a wonderful place to stay and everyone was lovely to us. (although I did scare my neighbor's children with the mask....and maybe I shouldn't have tried to stuff them in my trunk, either. Well....live and learn.
My garden is beautiful, thanks to Bridget. It is in full flower and so green, it breaks your heart.
I go to the clinic tomorrow and it's time for another bone marrow biopsy. This is a big painful test but I'm going to float in, get tanked up on drugs, and float out. My ct scans last week looked good and my pulmonary tests went well too. I was at a 20% loss of lung function at the last test. I don't know how much I improved but the technician said there was definite improvement. (Thank you, mighty beast)
It's the end of the semester and I'll be grading like a wild thing. This has been a lot of work but I'm grateful for it. I needed to stay plugged into the world and my work and colleagues at PVCC have made that possible.
I'm going to go unpack some more boxes!!! I'm home!!!! I can't believe it. So happy, so grateful!!!!
PS This is a pic of me and my God daughter, Dottie Tarbell (Dottie Bird). She came to help me move back in. The doc said I could hold her with some conditions (which we met) and she was delicious. OMG sweet sweet sweet! (I look GOOD with a baby...I'm just saying...)