Bird statue


Here’s yet another interesting statue here at the City of Hope.  Birds!  Trailing . . . something . . . behind themselves.  Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam and part of my famous Statue series.

Oops.  Right after I promised the entire family I’d give daily status reports on LRN4’s condition, I forgot.  So I’m using the Wonders of WordPress to backdate this post to Monday evening, even though it’s actually Tuesday morning now.  Think anyone will find out?  If you do, keep it to yourself.

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Okay, back to the blog.  We had a great weekend.  LRN4 has been feeling just a little bit better every day.  Of course, she’s only been out of the poky for a little more than three days, but that’s three days of solid improvement.  Can’t argue with that.  Her energy level was a bit low to start, but she’s been able to do more and more.  We’ve had a short walk around the grounds every evening in addition to our daily walks back and forth to the clinic for her morning anti-fungal infusion.

Some great news – while LRN4’s white cell count was actually down to 3,000 cells/microliter Monday, her ANC (neutrophil) count is up to 2,900!  The doctor told us it’s normal for the white cell count to be down a bit because the steroids she’s taking to counter the graft vs. host disease she had last week tend to do that.  However, the neutrophils are now in the normal, healthy range!  She has an immune system!  As the steroid levels start going down (and we’ve already started tapering them down), the white cell count will increase.  That number needs to get to 4,000 to be in the normal range, so she’s not really that far away in that area.  She’s returning to health.

Now we need to start building her strength back up.  She has done amazingly well at getting as much exercise as possible in the hospital, but she still lost a lot of strength.  Lying in bed nearly all day for about 100 days will do that to you.  She has stayed up and active nearly all day since we got here to the village, so I think that will build back up on its own with time, but she’ll do better than that.  We’ll keep walking more every day until she’s once again leaving me behind in the dust.  Won’t be long.

A few people have asked about our palatial estate here in the Village.  I snapped a couple of quick pictures.  Behold:


And that’s not all!  There’s also this:


And even that is not all!  Wait, yes it is.  That’s all.  Check out that collection of pills on the table there, by the way.  It’s my job to make sure she gets the right stuff at the right time.  And I’ve been doing an absolutely medium job of it so far.  Not to brag or anything.

Anyway.  We didn’t do a whole lot of stuff over the weekend.  Went to the store a couple of times to buy groceries and general supplies, went to church for an hour on Sunday, went for a few walks, ate some delicious meals (neither one of us misses the hospital food, which was just fine as far as hospital food goes, but definitely got old after a couple months), and generally relaxed.  Life’s good.

And that’s about it for today.  I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking food violence news: Ronald McDonald robs Wendy’s!  Can’t we all just get along?

See you tomorrow.



4 Responses to “Bird statue”

  1. Melanie Fleck Says:

    Thanks for keeping the updates on the blog!

  2. Candance Says:

    Nicer than I expected. At the very least, it’s not a hospital room–and you can BOTH be there!
    thanks for the continuing updates–I follow them faithfully.

  3. Sandy Says:

    I’m reading your blog again – thanks for the updates. And your little village place doesn’t look too bad!

  4. Julie pita Says:

    The place looks great! I’m sure it’s a welcome relief to a lonely hospital room.

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