The rest of this week has been great! I decided to sign up to do the Summer Scamper 10k race on June 19th. It is a fundraising event that benefits the children’s hospital were we are living. You can visit my fundraising page here: https://my.supportlpch.org/fundraise?fcid=661013
You can also visit our Hana’s Heart team page. If you’d like to join our team, please let me know! My friend, Suzanne, is organizing the team. It sounds like it is going to be a great event. The unit here forms a team each year.
This week, Hana got to go to the adult side of the hospital not once, but TWICE to watch live music. She seemed very excited and couldn’t stop looking all around her – there were so many new sights and people. During the music, she mostly wanted me to hold her and dance around. She kept signing “dance”! Our amazing nurse practitioner accompanied us both times.
My mom is still here and she and Hana have been having a lot of fun together.
Hana also had another great play date this week with friends from San Francisco. As you can see in the photo below, Hana has a backpack on. I very reluctantly got Hana a little backpack with a tether on it. She is just getting too fast and I’m afraid she is just going to take off running and forget about the drive line and really hurt herself.
In other news, the issue of freedom outside seems to be clarified in Hana’s favor. This does not mean that a nurse is required to take Hana out front, individual nurses may still decline to take her, but it was made clear to everyone what the protocol is and how to handle it and why it is important to Hana. From the very beginning the medical team has said that they want and expect Hana to meet all of her developmental milestones despite being in the hospital and on the Berlin Heart. I think going outside and getting to explore the great outdoors is important for that! I am very grateful to everyone who has helped make Hana’s life in the hospital as enriching as it has been!
Sadly, things with our dog, Poppy, have not been going well lately. She has been acting out and doing things like peeing on beds, snapping at dogs and whining all hours of the night. This has made it very difficult for the various generous people who have been looking after her. When we pick her up and have her at home with us she is not like that at all. We are not yet sure what we are going to do but we are brainstorming different possibilities.
On Friday, a really wonderful photographer, Anne Daiva, came to the hospital to take some Hana and family photos. Below is a quick sneak peek, but hopefully we will get to share more wonderful images when we get them!
The rest of the images are just life as it is as we wait!
There have been some other fun things that I hope to share soon.
155 days in the hospital, 137 days post-Berlin Heart, 129 days on the transplant list.