October 9th, 2009
Dr. Tony gave me another eye exam today. My left eye has improved a bit more. Probably about four inches total. Dr. Tony says that my right eye is also getting better but not as much. He encouraged me to cover my left eye to try to develop the vision I am gaining in my right.
Today was my last treatment. HURRAY! Everything went very well. The IVs are a pretty painless process. We go into a room – usually three patients at a time – and there are two little couches and a couple chairs in there for us to sit on. We have to wear special little slippers over our feet, and then we go in and they hook each of us to a bag of saline solution. Once the saline solution is gone, we get hooked up to our ‘liquid gold’ as we call it in the hospital. We always encourage the nurses to squeeze every drop of the stem cells or ‘liquid gold’ out of their little bags and into our IVs. Next we get another bag of saline solution and we are all done. Stem Cells thrive in liquid so that is why they keep us so hydrated.
Michael and I went back to do Tai Chi in the park this morning. The man who leads it and his wife were so nice to me. Everybody gathered around me for probably 15 minutes and they taught me the first position of Tai Chi. I felt a bit awkward and funny with all the attention, but I had a blast with them. The only thing was that they were all watching me and giving me instructions in Chinese to do about 16 different steps at the same time and I was trying to concentrate on everything my translator was telling me while they kept telling me, “You must relax; you are very tense.” I had to laugh to myself. Here is a picture of the instructor’s wife that worked with me the most. She is amazing to watch.
Gracie was so happy this morning when they brought in some mail we got from home from her Grandma (Betty) and her little friend (Shelby). Her Grandma sent several cards to Gracie, Mom and I and we had so much fun reading her little notes. Shelby drew Gracie a beautiful picture that we hung on the wall in our room and she made Gracie a little book about all the things they can do together when we get home. It made all of us smile! We are so blessed to have so much support from home. A journey like this is definitely a group effort and the support we have definitely could fill the space between here and home. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL!