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Another Day At CTCA

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Hooray for today! I finally got the chest tube shut off and disconnected from the wall. Freedom!

I can actually walk around the halls, use the restroom, and go down to the cafe now. If all goes well tomorrow with the X-rays and my lung stays expanded, then they will be able to take the chest tube out and I will be one step closer to heading home. The doc may want to ween me off of the IV dilaudid which will add on another 24 hrs to my stay. That’s fine, as long as I’m not confined to my room again.

Today was Kim’s daughter’s birthday. They had a little celebration in the game room area with presents from family and cake. Her daughter is absolutely adorable. It breaks my heart to see such young kids have to experience such a horrible disease at their age. I know Kim wanted to make sure that today was a special day for the kids and wanted to make it so the hospital didn’t seem like “mommy’s sick place,” I hope she accomplished that.

Gina returned back to AZ from her hometown of Buffalo, NY. It was quite without her here over the weekend and it was nice to have her back. We hung out pretty much the entire day doing mics things. She doesn’t have a car here in AZ, so once I’m discharged I want to show her the east side of the Valley. So far she has only experienced the west side. I know she has a list of places she wants to see before she has to head back to Buffalo for awhile so hopefully I can help her out with at least one of the places she wants to see (Kartchner Caverns, Sonoran Desert Museum, Humphrey’s Peak, etc).

She has been a great support for me since I’ve been here so I want to help her out in any way that I can. She is looking to move here once her treatment is finished. She is going to have to find a job first probably. She works in the telecommunications industry for Verizon (?) back home. I think our version would be a Cox Communications or Qwest. If anyone has any ideas, even if they are not in the telecommunications industry, let me know.

She already found a house that she is in love with and it comes fully furnished! She is working diligently on getting the financing put together to make it happen.

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