British Columbia, Canada
Both Sharon and I received an update from Rebecca's Mom, Rae today, and it is good news. I have taken out parts that would be of interest to her friends here, and please continue lighting those candles, and saying those prayers. They are working!
After 5 long weeks in Intensive Care Unit, Rebecca was moved to a regular hospital room in the stem cell transplant unit. Her swelling is down from what it was and she has a splotchy red rash everywhere, which is an improvement from the purple color she was. Creases in her elbows are cracked open. She's not yet able to eat, the nurse tells me. Her physical therapist bent her arm and leg joints and actually lifted her to a sitting position for a couple minutes. Rebecca said that hurt her spine and her legs hurt after therapy, but she's been laying still (except for being turned side to side these past 7-10 days and in a reclining chair once) for 5 weeks.
She's able to work the remote to raise and lower the head of her bed, and the other one for the t.v. she had on when we came.
She's still on all the medications she was, plus more steroids again, and gets dialysis through her juggler vein.
I brought many of the beautiful inspiring poems and comments written for her from the "Passions in Poetry" forum and read them to her. She'd utter, "Louder," or point to her right ear, the one she can hear out of, if it's loud enough. She said she can feel the comforting presence of prayers being said for her. When I read one poet's comment that he underwent transplants she knew who it was. I named as many as I could think of who are praying for her that she wouldn't have known. Ramona brought her a cute little orange tiger. Becca asked for it and took the ribbon off. The Rubic cube is on her night stand.
She said it's so nice to be back in that unit she calls 'home'. She was awake most of the time we were there between 11 am - 2:30 pm. I was surprised, as the pysical therapy was quite a workout for her. She napped for a half hour when we went for lunch and was really sleepy when we left.
Candles burns brightly
Until Rebecca is home
With us once again