There are days, like today, when I’m extra grateful that Ana hasn’t had the transplant yet. I know she needs it and this whole process NEEDS to end, but there’s just so much she’s going to miss and I really want to put that off as long as possible. So today she got to go on a class trip to Mohonk and go ice skating. I really thought she was going to miss this trip. Even so, I filled out all the paperwork and paid for it BEFORE the holiday break on the remote chance that she’d get to go. I knew I’d forget to do it otherwise.
Ana loves ice skating and that’s entirely due to the bestest school ever, High Meadow. They took the upper school kids (fifth through eighth grade) on an ice skating field trip last year where Ana discovered she was incredibly bad at skating, so she asked for lessons. She skated all last winter and now it’s one of her favorite things to do. Here’s a shot of her with her friends, Sophia and Storey.
So she got to skate and have fun today when I really thought she’d be lying in a hospital bed in pain.
Meanwhile Jim and I have been busy readying the house for LOCKDOWN once she’s home after her transplant. We had an electrician come today to install the generator we purchased during Hurricane Sandy (it arrived two weeks after the hurricane), so now we’ll have functioning heat, running water, a working stove and fridge and a bit of light if we lose power. This is very important because Ana is at the highest risk of infection from the anti-rejection drugs immediately after her transplant (the first three months or so) and we don’t want to have to move her if we have a power outage.
If anyone needs an awesome electrician, call Chris Cullo (he is also the drummer from Dog on Fleas). Thanks, Chris, for doing such a great job.
And speaking of thanks – we were able to get the generator because of YOU. All of your donations enabled us to buy the generator in the first place and have it properly installed which is rare for us because this house is quite literally held together with scotch tape and paper clips. The generator is a huge relief. Really, I can’t overemphasize what this means to us.
We’ve also decided to try and keep the cats quarantined in our basement, which is finished on one side with Jim’s drum and recording studio. Hopefully they don’t wreck the studio. I think they’ll be fine down there. The other side of the basement is unfinished, but we’re clearing out some of the clutter and making room for the cats. Ana was so happy to hear this, so HOORAY! I’m happy too. I love those damn cats.
It’s starting to feel a little like an episode of Doomsday Preppers around here. If you haven’t seen that show yet, you really should. I think it’s a Discovery Channel show (I actually bought the entire season from Amazon Instant Video). It’s AWESOME. It’s all about how crazy people who think the end of the world is imminent prepare for it by hoarding food, firearms and honing their survival skills (often to comical results). I actually started watching it because I thought I might learn something that would help me during a power outage – but some guy shoots his own thumb off in the first episode and it’s really downhill from there.
Oh, and a quick health update. Ana’s blood tests from Wednesday have all come back normal so far, including a TB test. We’re still waiting for a couple of test results. She also got a flu vaccine on Thursday plus two vaccines that she’d missed because she was in the hospital in August. She was SO good with those vaccines. Not a tear was shed.