However, there are strict rules in the ward about visitors, since everyone here is immunocompromised. This is an important way to protect us, because if we get sick, we will become extremely sick, have to take tons of antibiotics, and feel really bad. Maybe you've never thought about the implications of getting sick when you are immunocompormised, but even the simplest cough or cold can become a really big deal. The ward has some rules in place, to help protect us from getting sick.
- No one is allowed to visit if they have a cough/cold/fever or sickness.
- No fresh flowers or plants are allowed, as they carry germs
- No latex balloons, as there are kids allergic to them. Only helium balloons are allowed
- Siblings under 12 are only allowed to visit twice a week; a nurse checks them at the door and takes their temperatures. They are only allowed for a maximum of 3 hours, and they cannot leave my room. While I know the importance of this rule, it makes me very sad to not be able to see David, John, and Ruth very often :(
Here are some pictures of dear friends who've visited ...
|Xioajuan and Weigang, with Ruth, who was also visiting that day!|
|L-R: Sno, Daffodil, John, me, Weigang, Xiaojuan, and Ruth squished in on the side! |
Daffodil has become a special friend of mine! Also, note the beautiful balloons they brought!
|Ricci, Sno, Xioajuan|
|Sno and Xioajuan signing my door...in English and Chinese!|
|Another dear friend who came at a different time...Hua. She's wearing a mask because I was getting my dressing changed, and everyone must then wear a mask. Thank you for taking the time to visit!|
|The whole gang with Mrs. Webster|
|A tired looking bunch...|
|Reading books from the hospital library with Dad. Even thought he is reading to John and David, the whole family is listening, cuz Dad always adds twists and funny sayings to the story, so we're all always on guard to catch them!|
Occasionally the big boys will come during the day, with their school work, and we'll just hang out. However, I must say they usually disappear when I start to puke! Once I'm finished, they'll reappear with water, wash clothes, and paper towels and help me.
|The Clan getting some hot chocolate....yum!|
One of the worst thing about the hospital is that there is no little people chatter. The only noise is the nurses talking, or IVs beeping. I really miss hearing the noise of my family, and just being with them. I'm looking forward to being with them soon!
|The whole bunch (+2 cousins) visiting on Easter Sunday!!|
|Family friends visiting Cleveland stopped by...Thanks!|
|Goofing off with my best friend Christina...|
|And not all of my visitors are from outside the hospital...Here I am with the BMT Nurse Coordinator- Sharon. She really gets stuff done! Thanks for dropping by!|
|And sometimes I goof of with a nurse... fun, fun fun!!|
|With Mrs. LiBassi...she surprised me with a visit, which was perfect because just then I had to drink my CT contrast (nasty stuff), and she was my cheerleader. Here we are posing with the EMPTY cup! Thanks Mrs. L!|
|With Abbie, my pastor's daughter. Unfortunately, I didn't get pics of her parents! They brought me a stack of books to keep me occupied, and I had so much fun doing puzzles with Abbie!|