After testing for 48 hours Ann has failed to turn up any sort of bug. So she is out of contact isolation and I can stay with her again. Thats an extra special treat for us because today is our third anniversary. Normally we would spend the night at Fleming's, Ruth's or Sullivan's where we would start the night with a pair of extra dry martinis. Ann would order a medium rare fillet mignon and I would have the new york strip, with a nice ripasso like Tommasi. Then we would order the largest and chocolatiest dessert that Ann could find on the menu. We would share it over coffee and I would stare at her and try to imagine how I got to be such a luck bastard.
However, tonight we celebrated by Ann getting her 1st food from outside of the hospital since the transplant started. After being at MDA for 6 months now the menu here is looking more and more lackluster each day. To the point that Ann would prefer to eat nothing rather than have to eat meat loaf again. To solve this me and Laren (who arrived yesterday) took a side trip to walmart and picked up some food that the hospital staff approved for the transplant floor. So Ann and me celebrated our special day with Chef Boyardee single serving microwavable ravioli. Mmm...mmm...good...yes, quite.
It's a far cry from sizzling sound and mouth watering taste of a well prepared rare steak, but at least we are still together. Ann was also thrilled with the chance to eat something that didn't begin life in the MDA cafeteria kitchen. I'm sure that will wear off eventually, but if it makes her happy it can't be that bad.
On to more medically oriented news...Ann's WBC count continues to be rock bottom zero. This indicates that the new stem cells have not yet engrafted, but thats not really a surprise. They aren't really expect to for minimum of another 15 days or so. Dr. Alousi continues to tell Ann that she is "right where she needs to be..." and is "doing well". The transplant team continues to shift the dose of Prograf that they are giving Ann to find it's optimal level. Which in turn swings Ann's blood pressure around when ever it's altered. Again they expect that so it's no surprise to them and I find that more comforting than anyone can possibly imagine.