I was chatting with someone today about what Ana’s room at the hospital looks like and some of the other familiar sites we’ve grown accustomed to during Ana’s long hospital stay, and I realized I’ve been neglecting posting photos (Jim also pointed it out). So, I’m going to try to get some shots of Ana’s room and other things around the hospital. In the meantime, here are a few photos I’ve been meaning to share.
This is a sign in front of a coffee and snack bar that the 6th graders are managing for Ana in the lobby of their school. This idea was spear headed by Max, a boy in Ana’s class (thanks Max!!!) It’s open from 8:40 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. every morning and the proceeds will benefit the Heal Ana fund. It was so touching to see this the other morning when I was at the school dropping off Emily. I was too late for coffee though! 6th graders united for Ana…I love it!
Here’s a shot of Ana’s I.V. pole which we decorated with various gifts that people have brought in, including a sweet pink monkey, a hand made crystal window deocration and a lei (because her wish is to go to Hawaii). That huge bag of yellow fluid is her nightly supply of TPN which contains vitamins, electrolytes and other nutrition she needs. The little white bag next to it is purely fat.
This is a stress ball I got Ana to squeeze when she’s getting a shot, or just when she’s feeling stressed. She loves it so much that she doesn’t want to over squeeze it though. I bought her two and it took over two weeks to arrive because the only place I could find them was China (we specifically searched online for a stress ball shaped like a human head so she could take her anger out on it). I’ve since ordered three more all with different expressions – they’ve yet to arrive.
And I’ll end with this drawing of a cat that Ana did using a sketch book she received as a gift and some awesome art pencils. Since it’s a pencil sketch I had a hard time getting a good shot of it. It’s hanging on her wall right now.