Jan 162014
 

Dear Darah,

Yesterday Daddy got some great news. They told him that he was doing well enough to be able to go home! Mommy and Daddy were so happy. They haven’t seen you and Maegan for 24 days. I haven’t either.

Last night Mommy and Daddy packed up the apartment and this morning we all left to drive back to Charlotte. We couldn’t wait to see you so we picked you up from school early and now we’re all together again. Hooray!

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Goodnight Darah,

Quackalina

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 Posted by at 8:40 pm
Jan 132014
 

Dear Darah,

Look at this hallway.

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Look at how many photos are on the wall. This is just a small part of the wall. Those are all photos of other people who have had a successful transplant here and beat their cancer. Daddy’s going to have his photo added to this wall one day.

Goodnight Darah,

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 Posted by at 8:39 pm
Jan 112014
 

Dear Darah,

Yesterday nurses gave Daddy the last of a shot he was getting every day to help his blood get better, but he doesn’t need it anymore because Daddy’s blood is finally starting to get better! Those “stem cells” he got 12 days ago are finally growing into new blood cells. Hooray! In fact, the nurses told Daddy that he could skip one day of coming in to the clinic. That would be the first day Daddy hasn’t had to see doctors or nurses since before Christmas.

So today Daddy got to sleep a little later. Then Mommy made sure that Daddy got exercise so we all walked a mile.

And check this out. Daddy played his hockey video game and guess what. [Chicken butt.] I just found out that there’s a real hockey team named the Ducks! Really, Look!

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The Ducks are now my favorite team!

Goodnight Darah,

Quackalina

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Jan 082014
 

Dear Darah,

Look what I saw at the clinic today. This volunteer came in to play a weird musical instrument called a hammered dulcimer. I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life.

imageThe music was really pretty. She wasn’t playing this song but it kind of sounded like this video if you click here.

Goodnight Darah,

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Jan 072014
 

Dear Darah,

Today Mommy and Daddy went to a class to teach them what they need to do after they are able to leave Durham and return back home. There’s a lot for them to remember.

imageHere I am listening to a nurse teach the class.

 

 

imageMommy got a special pin because she’s such a good caregiver for Daddy.

Goodnight Darah,

Quackalina

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Jan 062014
 

Dear Darah,

We’re all tired after being up so late last night but we’re back at the clinic now.

IMG_20140104_101829Last night was exciting but today was kind of boring again. I just sat around most of the day.

IMG_20131231_132747But I did find this cabinet full of crackers. I LOVE CRACKERS! Num, num, num, num.

Goodnight Darah,

Quackalina

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Jan 052014
 

Dear Darah,

Today was a pretty normal day here in Durham. Then tonight Daddy got a fever. It wasn’t very high but it was too high for him so Mommy had to bring him to the main hospital.

IMG_20140105_203213We went to the emergency room but they immediately brought us right up to the 9th floor, the same place where Daddy was before.

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While we were going from the emergency room to the 9th floor, Mommy was pushing Daddy in a wheel chair. It was funny so I took a picture myself. See?

They did more tests and took some x-rays and gave him some antibiotic medicines, but everything turned out OK so we were able to go home after a several hours. By that time it was very late at night… or very early the next morning.

Goodnight Darah,

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Jan 042014
 

Dear Darah,

Today Daddy felt better but he still needed more blood stuff.

IMG_20140105_120105See this bag with yellow liquid. That’s called “platelets”. Daddy needed platelets today. Unlike the hemoglobin Daddy needed yesterday, they are able to take the platelets out of the blood and give Daddy only the platelets. See that “O” on the bag? Apparently Daddy has “Type-O” blood.

Goodnight Darah,

Quackalina

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Jan 032014
 

Dear Darah,

Happy New Year! I miss you, and I miss Maegan too. Sorry it’s been a few days since I’ve written to you.

Every day Daddy has been losing more and more of the stuff that he needs in his blood. We keep thinking that they’ll give him that blood stuff at the transplant clinic but he hadn’t lost enough for them to give him anything special for three days in a row.

IMG_20140103_235214At the apartment, Daddy’s been really tired and needs to sleep a lot. Look, I’m jumping on him and he won’t even wake up! It’s fun.

Finally today on “day plus four” Daddy needed to get some of that special blood stuff. He needed blood stuff called “hemoglobin”. That’s why Daddy’s been so tired. Today they gave him a bag of blood (that has hemoglobin in it) and he felt much better.

Goodnight Darah,

Quackalina

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