Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New Room and The Cherry Blossoms that Weren't

Good news!!!!  After getting our hopes dashed this morning when they told us that we were still a few days away from being removed from isolation, things happened quickly this afternoon and he is officially off isolation now.  Unbeknownst to us, coming off isolation also meant that they needed us to switch rooms, so they could totally disinfect the other one.    Originally we were a little annoyed about the unexpected move, but after being here for a couple of hours we definitely are not complaining about the much faster internet connection than the previous room had and the fact that the new room happens to be the biggest room on the floor!  He's now in ROOM 514!   :)


After over 12 years of living in the DC area, we still occasionally get the random urge to go act like tourists for a day and see some of the sites that DC has to offer.  Of course we don't really act like tourists by standing on the left side of the Metro escalators and asking natives annoying questions, but we definitely do look like tourists  with our cameras slung over our shoulders and our constant checks on my sister's iPhone for the best walking directions to the next site. 

Last week's journey was to see the world famous cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.  I got the kids out of school a little early and then hopped on the Metro...

The kids enjoyed riding the Metro almost as much as they enjoyed getting out of school early.  Adam and his friend Caleb were our navigators on the trip, giving us a stop-by-stop countdown to when we needed to get off. 

When we arrived, we slowly made our way over to the Tidal Basin only to discover that we were a little late for the cherry blossoms, which apparently had all fallen off the trees the weekend before.   Next time we decide to be tourists I'll be better about doing our research beforehand.  :)

No matter to the kids though.  They were unfazed by the dearth of pink blossoms and thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous day out of school exploring DC with their friends. 
I didn't mind the fresh air, good company, and sunshine too much either. 



  • Spence's new phone number in Room 514  is 703-776-4514.  Please spread the word!
  • His platelets were low enough again this morning that they transfused him.  Luckily he didn't have any random bleeding with the low platelets this time!
  • It's spring break....please come visit Spencer!
  • We met a new pediatric hem/onc patient today.  His name is Tim and he is 24 years old.  At first I was a little surprised that he was here on the peds floor at that age, but he informed us that  researchers have recently discovered that young adults under age 30 have a higher survival rate when taken care of by pediatric doctors and nurses rather than the adult oncologists.  Interesting!
  • Spencer's ANC was 12 today.  We're not sure if it was a little hiccup or if his counts are actually going back up again.  Last time he stayed at 0 for almost a week before they went up, and this time he's only been at 0 for two days.  We shall see!


Lara's Quote:
“Ask yourself, 'How did God bless me today?' If you do that long enough and with faith, you will find yourself remembering blessings. And sometimes, you will have gifts brought to your mind which you failed to notice during the day, but which you will then know were a touch of God’s hand in your life.”      –Henry B. Eyring

Spencer's Quote: 

"The closest I'll get to winning the Hunger Games is when I spot the last doughnut in the office kitchen."  --


K said...

Cool that you got a new and improved room. Hopefully, they didn't take away the waffle maker when you moved. (o:

Sorry you missed the cherry blossoms. Good thing you live in the area, so you can see them next year.

I hope Spencer's ANC going up means he'll get to go home sooner rather than later!

Heather said...

What a relief to have good internet! Seriously, it may not seem like such a big thing, but being frustrated because you can't answer your emails while you're stuck in the same room all day can make anyone grumpy!

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