Sunday, August 7, 2011

Back from Lila's stem cell treatment

The big day has arrived!  
We spent this past week in San Diego for Lila's stem cell treatment.  We were picked up on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. by the doctors and headed over the border.  The hospital was a private facility, where the doctors were ready for us the minute we arrived.  Within 10 minutes we were in the room, Lila was changed into hospital garb, and she was wheeled back into the surgery room.  The treatment only took 20-30 minutes and she was back in the room with us.  Lila had a hard time coming out of sedation, but after the crying stopped, her spirits were lifted and she was wired for the rest of the day.  Her body was so tired, but her mind was on full speed all day.  It took us 1 hour and 45 minutes to get back over the border and into LaJolla, while the entire time Lila was singing, laughing, and enjoying herself (Matt and I were about to fall asleep).
After the treatment...Matt trying to nap while Lila learns to tie his shoe :-)
The day was a success.  We spent the rest of the week in La Jolla, at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, where a one bedroom suite was donated to us for the week.  What an amazing experience that was!  Everyone was so kind, and we were able to enjoy the beach for the week, without having to get in the car and drive somewhere every time we wanted to get to the water.
Lila playing in the sand outside of our room
The view from our patio
Matt and Lila enjoying breakfast on the patio
We were excited to have the chance to spend time with family and friends while we were in San Diego!!!
My cousin Lindsay!
Matt's cousins Sue and Kevin
Kevin, Chris, and Lila making funny faces
Barbara, Andrea's Mom, came to give us some books, dvd's, a step stool, coolers and so much more to help us on our stay :-)
By having the step stool, along with the handicap accessible bars on the bathroom walls, Lila was able to get on and off the potty herself the entire week!  What a milestone!  Looks like we will be getting a new step stool this week, along with bars on the walls of the bathrooms :-)

Thanks for all of your support...more details to come!

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