Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Home from Duke!

We got home from N.C. a week ago today and I must quote Dorothy, "There's no place like home!"  Trying to get Katie to nap and sleep in a pak n' play was rough enough, but the most stressful part of the whole trip was the 4-hour flight there.  I was just thankful that when I looked back after her many screams, the three men sitting directly behind us all had on headphones and their eyes closed!  Thank you GOD!

Katie's stem cell transfusion went extremely well. It was an outpatient procedure and took about three hours in total from putting in the IV to taking it out. Duke Medical Center is extraordinary - wonderful nurses and staff, and our doctor was exceptional.  And who could forget Tray, the music therapist.  What a wonderful addition to have him and his guitar singing The Wheels on the Bus and many other songs to Katie while she was having the IV put in.  She absolutely loved the music and singing, and even strummed his guitar a few times.  Maybe a future Carly Simon in our midst?

My husband said to me the next day, "Could the stem cell transfusion have made her more loveable?"  That day she was constantly grabbing our arms and hugging us, and although a very affectionate little girl anyway - this was a bit more than usual.     Could it be?