We all knew today was a special day for Andrea and Stevie!  Stem cell transplantation day for both of them.  I woke up really early, had breakfast at 6:30 and promptly went back to sleep.  Many reports of people checking in on me -but no motion.  Had my first chemo cleansing drip and ate lunch  while Irrina cleaned and gave me another Russian lesson.  She is thorough with her cleaning, a patient teacher and helpful in every way possible.  Now, I was ready to gather whoever was interested in an outing.   Note:  Almost everyone who comes into the 3rd floor wing to visit must wear a hat and a gown. We caught Anastasia and Irrina as we assembled.


Anastasa, Nebahat, Nancy, Irrina, Hatice and Judi and John in the front

We gathered 4 of us for our adventure outside.  Dr. Fedorenko did not come out with us, but we we really happy to see him outside later on.


    Our destination, the church.



                                               This is nyet my motorcycyle! : ) Private joke – sorrry



With my limited hand skills, I helped Judi get her ‘antennas’ out of the way with her scarf.  They can be awkward at times.
More scarf lessons tomorrow!


         Both Hadice and Judi had their first stem cell collection done earlier that morning.
                                       I had forgotten how woozy it can make you feel.


Although the church was built in 2004, it is still not handicapped accessible




Church was closed.  That’s the guards hand saying, “No way today”.   Since I climbed the stairs,  I still wanted a group photo!




Met the delightful Brendan Friel, from  Whitefish, MT and his dad.  He is currently on the second floor until a space opens up for him.  We encourage him to visit the 3rd floor often.So nice to hear about Brendan’s flyflishing adventures.  He reminded me a lot of Pete McBride!


Steve’s new cup that Harry brought for him!   Oh yeah, party in Carol and Stevie’s room after he got his new stem cells, and I finally got to meet Gro Larson, from Norway and her family : )


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Let the new birthday, new life celebration festivities begin.  Mine were not the best photos, but there will be others. 




                          Andrea gets her Iris pin, symbolizing new life. 



                                                                Anastastia runs to hug Stevie!!!



Dr. Fedorenko is so happy to through the final liquid nitrogen down the hallway!



Everyone enjoyed the celebration and we’ll have another one tomorrow!


For many of of us, it was our first liquid nitrogren, new life, birthday celebration.  It will be one to be remembered!!!!




Ooops, I was supposed to have my second chemo cleansing between 2 and 3 pm.  Did not remember until after the celebration, so I started about 9:30 pm.  Wake me when it’s time to give me my new immune system : )