Friday, October 26, 2007

I am happy to update Katlyn's blog with the news that we are back in Canada. YEAH!!!!Katlyn is at the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax, N.S., for an unknown amount of time. We know one thing for sure. We still have to get things ready for her. Katlyn needs a safe place to live first. So right now we are looking at my mother's home to decide if that would be safe enough. If it isn't we have to find an apartment in Moncton, along with new jobs and the whole deal.
Katlyn is doing great though. She seems to have transitioned very well. When we came back here, it almost felt as though we never left. They were definitely waiting for us with open arms. We will be returning to the NIH on Nov. 26, for Katlyn's research blood.
Today is a very exciting day because John's mother, father, two grammies and super special daughter Haley, will be coming to visit. We have missed them so much. It will be very interesting to see how Katlyn and Haley interact with each other. I think it's going to be a blast. My mother will be coming to visit on Sunday, and I can't wait. We have missed everyone so much. It will be so refreshing to have people we love surrounding us.
Katlyn's neautrophil count as of Wednesday was 740, so it's looking like she may be ready to leave the GCSF behind (knock on wood). It has now been over two weeks since she has received her last injection. We are still waiting to hear about some of the research blood that they drew before we left. I'm thinking we should get some of the results at anytime now. Katlyn is on a double isolation right now, the first being her condition and the second because she came from another hospital. They have tested Katlyn to see if she has the antibiotic resistant super bugs. It's their policy to do this will all patients coming from another hospital. It shouldn't be much longer and she will lose that isolation.
Her doctor here has been fantastic in allowing Katlyn to still continue with her very open diet. She is allowed to get meal trays from the kitchen here. He even OK'd her stuffed animal, which she was very pleased with.
It's so great to be back. I LOVE CANADA!!!!!!!!!!! It's very nice to look at the big picture too, and see that that chapter of Katlyn's life is behind us now. That light at the end of the tunnel just keeps getting brighter and brighter. Someday soon we will be able to take Katlyn out of the hospital and that day is get closer.