June 16, 2014 Departure & Moscow- Day 1

Dana brought Lucy and Desi for a goodbye visit before Fred and I drove from Maryland to New York on Friday. Sari was driving down to Maryland to help with our move.  We met her at State Line Liquors in Delaware and tasted some delicious bourbon and rye with her.  It was great treat to meet be able to see her in Delaware before I left for Moscow.

My last Lucy and Desi hugs for a long time.

My last Lucy and Desi hugs for a long time.

Our amazing visit with Sari at State Line Liquor in Delaware : )

Sari at State Line Liquor in Delaware : )

We spent the night at Marian and Robert’s (sister and brother in law).  My nephew Dorian and his fiance, Amanda brought their sweet Jack Russell Terrier, Molly.  Ella, Kirby and Molly played, but when Molly got a bit nervous, she was happy to be held!  Got to have more puppy hugs before leaving the USA.

Sweet little Molly

Sweet little Molly

We got to the airport in NY and had plenty of time for a refreshing beverage before the flight.  My sister, Marian and my brother-in-law, Robert took great care of me. I kept searching for Andrea and Matt, who had flown in from  Texas.  We did not find them until we were on the airplane.  Her assigned seat was next to my sister!  We made arrangements so she could sit near her husband.  I moved to sit next to my family and all was well.

4. Marian is taking good care of me

Marian knew just what we needed before the flight.

 

Saying goodbye for a while to my husband, Fred!

Saying goodbye for a while to my husband, Fred!

Anastasia met us at the airport looking beautiful as usual.  There was a torrential downpour as we were going to our hotels.  Hotel Vega is really lovely.  The staff spoke English and were exceptionally helpful.
We ate at the hotel for dinner last night and for breakfast today before going to the hospital.
We met Stevie and his wife, Carol in the lobby and left for the hospital for an 11 am arrival.  After many months of anticipation, June 16th finally arrived!
Anastasia and Dr. Fedorenko met us upon our arrival.  Andrea and Matt met us an hour or so later….

Met Stevie at the Vega!

Met Stevie at the Vega!

Calendar in hospital with my arrival date

Anastasia even looks beautiful in her scrubs!

 

Anastasia and Dr. Fedorenko greeted us at the hospital

Anastasia and Dr. Fedorenko greeted us at the hospital

After paying $1000 for testing, we all went to our new ‘home away from home’ for the next 35 days.  Anastasia and Dr. Fedorenko checked in again on all of us.  Dr. Fedorenko told us today we would only get the EKG, but tomorrow a full day of testing starts at 7 am.  Let the testing begin!!!

I am happy to be in room 329 : )

I was happy to be in room 329 : )

 Anastasia makes sure that everything goes smoothly and we understand all our instructions.


Anastasia makes sure that everything goes smoothly and we understand all our instructions.

Anastasia in her office

Anastasia in her office

Marian helped me get settled and decorate.  Robert thought we were thinking clearly enough to turn on the power strip for electricity!

Marian is very organized and helped me put everything away.

Marian is very organized and helped me put everything away.

Dana's artwork helps brighten up the room!

Dana’s artwork helps brighten up the room!

The room has everything necessary for comfort and necessities.  Wifi works well.  Bathroom and shower are convenient.  Haven’t showered yet, but it looks manageable for me.  There is plenty of storage space for dry food items.  I brought a lot because I’ll be here on my own for a while.  Although everyone who will be here helping their loved one has said I would not be alone and they would gladly help me too!!!  Thank you all for your generous offers. There are a few hooks and hangers for clothes and a variety of dishes and utensils.

My room!

My room!

Kitchen area

Kitchen area

lovely hooks and hangers for clothes

lovely hooks and hangers for clothes

comfortable bed

comfortable bed

The fridge is much larger than the college fridge that I was expecting.  Dr. Fedorenko approved the red wine my sister brought to enjoy along with tonights dinner : )
Lunch was vegetable soup, cauliflower, tomato and dark bread.  Dinner was porridge, dark bread and cookies. There are other options with beef and chicken and assorted white breads too that I did not chose.

Nice size fridge and microwave

Nice size fridge and microwave

My first dinner in the hospital.

My first dinner in the hospital.

That’s all for now.  It’s been a long few days.  I’m glad I’m here : )

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