Wow, what a time it's been.
Lots of medical news, lots of friends touching down and just being here, lots of love and laughing filling the hall outside my door. I'm blessed again this week, day 22, with the comfort of friends and family. I know it brings a lot of calmness to me, because when left on my own for too long I begin to count days,become impatient and self absorbed. In other words I loose site of what really counts, shorten my vision points and get off the glide path I've been on. So far this has been a cake walk with some bad days- not bad days with a few bright spots and it's all because of MJ and those who drop by and say hello and laugh with me and kids checking in from near and far and long ago friendships being reconnected.
So, medical news. The biggest news of the week is my sister, Ingrid, is a PERFECT match to be my bone marrow donor. Why does that count? She represents the best chance for my body to accept her marrow without rejection. I'll have to be on all kinds of anti rejection medications anyway- but this puts me closest to the genetic source. I rather envision this as a long weekend in which she gets to come to Chicago, see what a great city this is and meet more people than she'll ever remember the names of between visits to UCH to harvest her marrow. It would be great fun for MJ and I to squire her around this great city. That's big news. I've been here 22- days, it will probably take another 8 or so to rebuild my immune system and then I'll be released. They (Dr.'s) are currently chasing a perceived fungal infection which they'll track down tomorrow, I'll let you know what it is when I know.
This week has been rich with lesson and conflict- control and acceptance really. My truth this week is that other than being diligent and paying attention to my Dr.'s and their advice and cautions, there is nothing I can do in this disease but accept what it gives me each day. Above the door of my friend Mike Noble's son's school it says; "Each Day Is A Gift". We all know the truth in that, but of course need to forever be reminded. I don't recommend my way of coming to terms with what that really means- but you know- some of us have to be in a train wreck before we know we're on a train.
Thanks to everyone for making this a week of memories and friendship.