Wednesday, August 24, 2011

BMT Workup Week

This past week was so busy, I really haven't had time for much of anything extra! Tyler went through a ton of tests, scans, meetings, infusions and bloodwork to make sure his body is prepared for transplant. I started with our pics from home since I didn't have a chance to post those either! We were too busy having fun. :)

Dawson has been so protective over Tyler lately, it's so cute! If you look at Tyler's neck, you can see his line that's in the vein in his neck. It has taken some getting used to, his last line wasn't that visible under the skin.
 Dawson has been giving lots of kisses and helping Tyler up when he falls.
 Playground! He really didn't get a chance to play on the playground before he was admitted in April, since I was pregnant, then he broke his leg, then he was admitted for chemo! They were so happy to run and play together. This is one of their favorite parks and thankfully it's not very populated.
 Gabriel seemed to like being outside too, he was in a great mood.
 I put him in the swing, just to see what he'd do. He was very amused! I think he also was wondering where his feet went, he's been obsessed with those lately.
 Dawson had so much fun playing. He does get outside more than Tyler, but he seems lonely without his brother to play with. It was great seeing him so happy while we were at home.
 Dawson was typing to Grandma on msn chat.
 Tyler playing with his earned prizes for doing so well with his CT scan and chest x-ray. He was excited to find a truck and a train.
 Tyler and Daddy passing the time during a 30 minute GCSF infusion.
 The new hospital! It's so pretty, it changes color with the light and different angles it seems. This is the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. Tyler's room will be in that building on the 4th floor. The entire outer wall is all glass, so it really has a bright, open feel to the room, even though it's smaller than the new rooms at Mpls Children's.
 Feet! He's obsessed with those things lately, though he can't quite get them to his mouth, he has too much chub on his legs.
 Gabriel has perfected "the face". It gets even better than this too, but he gives us those eyes and then sticks out his lip. If that doesn't work, he'll reposition the lip and stick it out even further. I have no clue how he learned the lip trick, but it's just not fair!
Tyler likes the Oreos they have in the clinic. He only likes the frosting though! He also likes the crackers and cheese spread, but again, only eats the cheese.
The lobby has these cool holes in the wall with glass on the inside, so he can look down at the 1st floor from the 2nd floor. I was around the corner taking the pic.
 At RMH, Gabriel was sleepy from his long day at the clinic! He looked so comfy in there, I was a bit jealous of his nice nap!
 Dawson loves pet therapy day! Every Tuesday they have therapy dogs come in for the kids to pet.
 Sometimes Daddy is best! Especially when Tyler isn't allowed to eat and Tyler wants to nurse. I gave him to Dan and stepped out. It's so hard to just walk away when Tyler wants me, but it was for the better. He quickly settled down once I was out of sight, out of mind, then he fell asleep. He had woken up extra early that morning, so we went for a 2 mile walk down the river and back at 6am. It was very peaceful and it took up enough time that we were able to leave once we got back.
 Tyler was watching cartoons. Thankfully the clinic rooms here have a tv, some have dvd players too.
 Another day of working hard at the clinic. :)
 They have a play CT machine in the waiting room for Radiology. I thought it was a great idea, though Tyler knows what that is anyway and wasn't interested in them, real or fake! They have the newest version here though, it has light-up images of stars and other things. When they moved Tyler into the machine, he said "ooooh!" instead of screaming. It was a very nice change!
I'm go glad that week is over! It was long and frustrating. Currently we're at home having fun until Tyler gets rid of a stool virus, so transplant has been pushed back a bit for his safety.

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