The National Institute of Health. That’s how healthcare should be practiced. No worries about insurance. It’s all about the patient, outcomes, research, and improving overall healthcare.
11 pints of blood. 10 units of platelets. 4 horse-serum IVs. Lots of pills.
And room service.
All within a United Nations atmosphere. I literally had doctors and nurses from over 13 countries working on me. Really cool.
Miracles happen here every day. I’m sure mine started here. I really enjoyed the care I got here. This is part of my medical team:
The team loved the horse head. Doing rounds a few days after the serum, I hid behind the curtain as the entire team came in and was told I had a new side effect that the epidemiologist had to be called in on. Classic. They were taking my photo!
Last week, I talked about the climb. But I’m ready to run. I’ve been inside literally for 3 weeks.
I think a big part of my recovery will be in exercise. It’s not part of the ‘traditional’ protocol, but I am hopeful that walking and resistance training can stimulate my bone marrow, specifically my immune system, to start producing cells.
So, we’re leaving the long halls at the NIH clinical center that we walked nearly every day for 3 weeks, that got me 3 miles a day.
We’ll be back in 2 and a half months for a follow-up (and bone marrow biopsy…ugh!). In the mean time, we’ll go home with lots of medications and face masks.
How do you like my mask for the flight home? (Thanks for the idea, Maggie)
So with that, Angela and I want to thank everyone that helped make our 3 weeks here possible. As you can see, we needed a lot of help (Forgive me if I’ve missed anyone!)
- The staff here at NIH, especially the nurses that cared so much
- Dr. Cataldo and nurse Ester, who helped get all the paperwork
- Nevon, Brandy, Michele, and Kim for taking care of the kids
- Lorraine for helping clean the mess with Nevon
- Marla and Dan for helping to watch kids
- My Mom & Dad for helping to watch kids and transporting them
- Cheri & Blaine for the ride and for taking care of the ranch
- Jay & Courtney for the ride and the visit, as well as the gift
- Bart for the ‘welcome gift’ and visiting with Kate
- Frank for the long drive and visit
- Marc for the visit and ‘scoop’
- Jacque Jr, Jacque Sr, Dewey, Jackson for the rides, support materials, and popcorn!
- Chase for helping transport and watch kids
- Everyone at my work, especially Ethan for support and their gift
- Everyone at Angela’s work for their understanding and support, and the gifts
- My TRAC family for the gift and support
- Everyone who called, texted, sent cards or offered to visit
- Everyone who continues to donate blood and platelets around the country!
And everyone else who offered help, support, thoughts, prayers and of course #MOJO!
We are not finished yet. Going home starts the second stage of the process. There’s still a long road to recovery. My immune system is basically gone. I remain at high risk of infection, which would be a medical emergency for me. We hope it will build itself back up within the next 3 months. In the mean time, please forgive me if I act like “Monk” around you.