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23 Nov 2010 My Room
23 Nov 2010 My Room
Not huge but not tiny either.
23 Nov 2010 Clinical Trial Review
23 Nov 2010 Clinical Trial Review
In my room, talking with Kathy, the research nurse, about the clinical trial.
View from my Room
View from my Room
The view from my window - difficult to see but Key Bridge is in the distance.
Fran
Fran
One of my day nurses
Dr. Luznik with Michael
Dr. Luznik with Michael
My clinical trial doctor and also my first week's attending physician. Coincidentally, also the husband of my former oncologist, Dr. Gojo, at University of Maryland. The attendings rotate biweekly. I was admitted mid-cycle.
Dr. Howie
Dr. Howie
Far right, my other doctor this week, and a bunch of med students
Trish
Trish
One of my day nurses
Hopkins Docs
Hopkins Docs
Morning rounds on Day -5. I like being in a teaching hospital with all of the eager young students.
Dante
Dante
One of my favorite service assistants...he loves my homemade blankets.
Tiffany
Tiffany
One of my night techs - she had to draw my blood every hour the first night to assess chemo level for proper dosing.
Rosemarie
Rosemarie
One of my day nurses
Melissa
Melissa
Another of my favorite service assistants
Henriann
Henriann
One of my night nurses
Karen
Karen
Me at my ginormous laptop - reminds me of the old "luggable" Compaq.
Karen
Karen
Me in my new chair
Kevin
Kevin
One of my service assistants - he was surprised to see my Xbox 360.
Carla
Carla
One of my techs - she loves my cat photos
Greg
Greg
One of my night nurses
Trina
Trina
One of my night techs
Kristen
Kristen
One of my day nurses
Karen and Karen on Day 0
Karen and Karen on Day 0
My transplant night nurse, Karen
Karen & Michael
Karen & Michael
Happy rebirthday to me!
The cells have arrived!
The cells have arrived!
Karen, Karen, and Marrow
Lotsa marrow
Lotsa marrow
1342 mL
Identity confirmed
Identity confirmed
Making sure I am who I am
Kemmie
Kemmie
One of my favorite day techs
Nurse Karen
Nurse Karen
Karen, one of my night nurses - my transplant nurse and hairdresser
Ellen
Ellen
One of my day nurses
Carolyn
Carolyn
5B Receptionist
Carol
Carol
One of my service assistants
Kelly
Kelly
One of my day nurses
Molly
Molly
One of my night nurses - Molly was also my nurse when I was first admitted. She put me at ease and "showed me the ropes." We always keep Lindt dark chocolate truffles on hand for her.
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride
Warren and I play a riveting game of Ticket to Ride on the Xbox 360.
My New Room
My New Room
Room 11 - I was moved to a new and larger room because my old room had some special equipment needed by another patient.
My New Room Closeup
My New Room Closeup
Room 11
My New Outside View
My New Outside View
Not much changed. (I'm glad.)
Cards
Cards
Michael rigging a card line for me.
Crystal
Crystal
One of my night techs
Sleepytime
Sleepytime
Napping with my iPad close by my side...the chemo made me very tired.
Card Line
Card Line
I've received a nice assortment of Christmas, rebirthday, and get well cards.
Fung Yee
Fung Yee
One of my night nurses, Fung Yee. She's a favorite among staff and patients.
Rounders
Rounders
Dr. Powers (center) - my attending for the next couple of weeks. The weekend team is smaller than the usual bunch.
Seeing Red
Seeing Red
Hmmm...I wonder what Karen's favorite color is? (not pictured is the new red single-shot Keurig).
My Code
My Code
Michael got me this great stocking at the cleaners yesterday. They always have a table of homemade crafts for sale. I hope Santa finds me here :-)
Sara
Sara
One of my day nurses
Me
Me
Before my haircut. I still look so healthy that the nutritionist mistook me for a visitor instead of patient.
Karen and Karen
Karen and Karen
During my haircut
Karen and Michael
Karen and Michael
After my haircut
Rating: 5.00
Post Haircut
Post Haircut
After haircut again - all of my hair will fall out soon from the chemo.
Roslyn
Roslyn
One of my techs
Vanessa
Vanessa
One of my nurses
18 Dec 2010
18 Dec 2010
Molly prepares me for the great escape. Nice symmetry that I had the same nurse for admission and discharge
18 Dec 2010
18 Dec 2010
Masked bandits - all dressed up and ready to go.
18 Dec 2010
18 Dec 2010
Hackerman House didn't have a room available so John kindly treated us to a luxurious room with his Marriott Rewards. Sadly (or fortunately), I don't remember much about my early oupatient nights and days. The transition from IV to oral medications was not kind to my stomach, and my mucositis was still miserable. Michael and Joan stayed with me the first night. I had someone with me 24-7 the first 60 days post transplant.
22 Dec 2010
22 Dec 2010
At first, I had to spend 5-6 hours daily in the Hopkins IPOP (Inpatient/Outpatient) or HIPOP (Hematology Inpatient/Outpatient) clinics for monitoring, fluids, and medications. During the next 5 weeks, I transitioned from a bed in a room to a reclincer in a curtained cubicle, fewer hours per day, then fewer days per week, until I was finally discharged.
24 Dec 2010
24 Dec 2010
Christmas Eve in the Hackerman House lobby
25 Dec 2010
25 Dec 2010
We surprised my family with a visit to Susanne's where they were all gathered Christmas morning. They all wore masks so I wouldn't have to wear mine - what a thoughtful gift!
1 Jan 2011
1 Jan 2011
I was treated to a few hours at home for New Year's.
27 Jan 2011
27 Jan 2011
On my last day at Hackerman, I realized we didn't have any photos - a sure sign that I hadn't been my usual self.
27 Jan 2011
27 Jan 2011
I stayed an extra day at Hackerman due to snow. There wasn't much in Baltimore but we had a lot more 28 miles northwest in Forest Hill.
28 Jan 2011
28 Jan 2011
Our power was out at home so we spent the first night out at my sister, Joan's home. Michael joked that we went from IPOP and HIPOP to MomMom and PopPop!